This is volume 16 in the "Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers" series. The Scottish philosopher Adam Smith (1723-1790) was as a pioneer of political economy. In fact, his economic thought became the foundation of classical economics and his key work, "An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations", is considered to be the first modern work in economics. For Smith, a free competition environment was the best way to foster economic development that would work in accordance with natural laws. The framework he set up to explain the free market remains true to this day. "Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers" provides comprehensive accounts of the works of seminal conservative thinkers from a variety of periods, disciplines, and traditions - the first series of its kind. Even the selection of thinkers adds another aspect to conservative thinking, including not only theorists but also writers and practitioners.
The series comprises twenty volumes, each including an intellectual biography, historical context, critical exposition of the thinker's work, reception and influence, contemporary relevance, bibliography including references to electronic resources, and an index.
James R. Otteson is Professor of Philosophy and Economics at Yeshiva University in New York. He is author of Adam Smith's Marketplace of Life (Cambridge, 2002) and Actual Ethics (Cambridge, 2006), as well as numerous articles in the history of philosophy, ethics, and political philosophy. Dr Meadowcroft is Lecturer in Public Policy at King's College London and the author of The Ethics of the Market (Palgrave, 2005) and co-author of Rescuing Social Capital from Social Democracy (Institute of Economic Affairs, 2007).
Series Introduction; Series Editor's Preface; Author's Preface; List of Abbreviations; Acknowledgements; Part I; 1. Adam Smith's Life and Works; Part II; 2. Smith's Philosophical Program: Two Early Essays; 3. Smith's Genealogy of Morality; 4. The Impartial Spectator and Moral Objectivity; 5. Political Economy in The Theory of Moral Sentiments; 6. Political Economy in The Wealth of Nations; 7. Resolving the "Adam Smith Problem"; Part III; 8. Smith's Enduring Significance, Part One: What Smith Got Wrong; 9. Smith's Enduring Significance, Part Two: What Smith Got Right; Epilogue. Smith: Conservative or Libertarian?; Bibliography; Index.