The Invisible Hand of Jupiter and Adam Smith's Newtonian Method
Cedeplar Working Paper No. 271
31 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2005
Date Written: July 2005
This paper examines Adam Smith's understanding of the philosophy and science, the motivations that lead us to investigate nature and society, and the proper methods of investigation and exposition. The paper also criticizes those authors that interpret Smith's work as an example of the mechanical approach or as a kind of positivism avant la lettre.
Keywords: Adam Smith, rhetoric, methodology, Newtonianism, political economy
JEL Classification: B30, B40
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