This powerful and thoroughly documented book overturns many long-held beliefs about Adam Smith. Spencer Pack demonstrates that contrary to popular myth, Adam Smith was not a dogmatic defender of laissez-faire capitalism and neither was he in favour of regressive taxation. The book stresses for the first time the many qualms and problems - indeed the profound ambiguity - which Adam Smith felt toward the capitalist system.
Spencer J. Pack, Professor of Economics, Connecticut College, US
Contents: 1. Introduction 2. The Wealth of Nations: The Theoretical Books 3. The Wealth of Nations: The Latter Books 4. Obvious Wealth of Nations Lessons: The Questions of Laissez-Faire and Regressive Taxation 5. The Theory of Moral Sentiments 6. Rhetoric, Science and Smith's Wealth of Nations 7. Lessons from the Lectures on Jurisprudence 8. Character Formation Under Capitalism: The Downside of Smith's System of Capitalism 9. Conclusion Bibliography Index