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The Resource Adam Smith in his time and ours : designing the decent society, Jerry Z. Muller

Adam Smith in his time and ours : designing the decent society, Jerry Z. Muller

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Adam Smith in his time and ours : designing the decent society
Title
Adam Smith in his time and ours
Title remainder
designing the decent society
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Jerry Z. Muller
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Language
eng
Summary
Now that the Marxist project of human transformation through the elimination of self-interest and markets stands thoroughly discredited, it is time to acknowledge Adam Smith as one of the most important social thinkers of modern times. Smith's Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, published in 1776, argued that a market economy was not only best able to meet the material needs of the people; it also provided a moral system which relied on human nature to create order and fairness. But Smith's intentions and conclusions, much maligned by his opponents on the left, have just as often been misunderstood by his conservative defenders. Counter to the popular impression that Smith was a champion of selfishness and greed, Jerry Z. Muller shows in this powerful and provocative work of historical reconstruction that Smith hoped to promote the welfare of society as a whole, and that he wrote The Wealth of Nations to warn of the dangers to the common good posed by organized mercantile interests. And contrary to those who believe that the naked pursuit of self-interest always leads to socially beneficial results, Smith maintained that government must intervene to counteract its negative effects. Smith's analysis went beyond economics to embrace a larger "civilizing project" designed to create a more decent society. The freedom made possible by a commercial society, Smith thought, would only be desirable when coupled with supporting institutions - including the law, family, and religion - which fostered the virtues of self-control and altruism that people need to manage their new liberty. He also explained how human passions could be harnessed to that goal. In doing so, he laid the ground for much of modern social science, as he explored the unanticipated consequences of social action, the social formation of conscience, and the linkages between social, political, and economic institutions. By balancing a healthy respect for self-interest with awareness of the deeper satisfactions that arise from acting fairly and benevolently, Smith forged a middle path between those who regard self-interest as inherently immoral and those who view it as the ultimate in human motivation. Today, as lawmakers, journalists, scholars, and citizens continue to struggle with questions about the role of the market, the state, and other institutions, Muller shows why Adam Smith remains a timely and indispensable guide to the modern dilemma
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1954-
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Muller, Jerry Z.
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Smith, Adam
  • Economics
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Adam Smith in his time and ours : designing the decent society, Jerry Z. Muller
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [240]-261) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Back to Adam? -- pt. I. Adam Smith in His Time. 1. Cosmopolitan Provincial: Smith's Life and Social Milieu. 2. Gentlemen, Consumers, and the Fiscal-Military State. 3. Self-Love and Self-Command: The Intellectual Origins of Smith's Civilizing Project -- pt. II. Designing the Decent Society. 4. The Market: From Self-Love to Universal Opulence. 5. The Legislator and the Merchant. 6. Social Science as the Anticipation of the Unanticipated. 7. Commercial Humanism: Smith's Civilizing Project. 8. "The Impartial Spectator" 9. The Historical and Institutional Foundations of Commercial Society. 10. The Moral Balance Sheet of Commercial Society. 11. The Visible Hand of the State. 12. Applied Policy Analysis: Smith's Sociology of Religion. 13. "A Small Party": Moral and Political Leadership in Commercial Society -- pt. III. From Smith's Time to Ours. 14. Critics, Friendly and Unfriendly. 15. Some Unanticipated Consequences of Smith's Rhetoric. 16. The Timeless and the Timely
Control code
26504381
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 272 pages
Isbn
9780029222348
Lccn
92029066
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1478578
Label
Adam Smith in his time and ours : designing the decent society, Jerry Z. Muller
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [240]-261) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Back to Adam? -- pt. I. Adam Smith in His Time. 1. Cosmopolitan Provincial: Smith's Life and Social Milieu. 2. Gentlemen, Consumers, and the Fiscal-Military State. 3. Self-Love and Self-Command: The Intellectual Origins of Smith's Civilizing Project -- pt. II. Designing the Decent Society. 4. The Market: From Self-Love to Universal Opulence. 5. The Legislator and the Merchant. 6. Social Science as the Anticipation of the Unanticipated. 7. Commercial Humanism: Smith's Civilizing Project. 8. "The Impartial Spectator" 9. The Historical and Institutional Foundations of Commercial Society. 10. The Moral Balance Sheet of Commercial Society. 11. The Visible Hand of the State. 12. Applied Policy Analysis: Smith's Sociology of Religion. 13. "A Small Party": Moral and Political Leadership in Commercial Society -- pt. III. From Smith's Time to Ours. 14. Critics, Friendly and Unfriendly. 15. Some Unanticipated Consequences of Smith's Rhetoric. 16. The Timeless and the Timely
Control code
26504381
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 272 pages
Isbn
9780029222348
Lccn
92029066
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1478578

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