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Se car il ne parat pas exagr d'avancer ue ses ides et ses propositions ont boulevers le monde Adam SMITH Biographie Tombe Citations Forum Adam Smith La Richesse des Nations Adam Smith est n en Kircaldy en cosse Orphelin de pre il est enlev par une bohmienne l'ge de trois ans et heureusement retrouv dans un bois voisin I have to say that not only is this one of the better biographies that I have read and one of the few books that I couldn t put down It is well written and obviously well researched Though the biography itself is only 284 pages long if you ignore the notes and sources bibliography and index I was left with the impression that I knew everything there was to know about him Not only is the subject s life covered but that of the times he lived in as well As one would expect since Adam Smith had only two books published in his lifetime the circumstances involved in having them both published and at least one revised to a fifth and final edition are dealt with to some degree I haven t read any other biographies of Adam Smith and I don t know if any others exist but I do believe that this may be the best available for now It is my opinion that if this bio is the only one available you will not be disappointed I cannot recommend it too highly It is well worth spending the time to read

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10 thoughts on “Adam Smith

  1. says:

    A really good read this is well written deeply informed and often surprising intellectual biography of the world’s firs

  2. says:

    After just re reading How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness and before di

  3. says:

    Clearly this was written with a specialist in mind consciously or unconsciously There are a lot of things that Phillipson seems to assume you know which I don’t think a regular educated non philosophy major reader would know Some examples—He mentions than once that Smith was influenced philosophically by Euclidean geometry No

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    Wealth of Nations published in 1776 per David Hume it reuries too much thought to reach a wide audience p 1Per Adam Smith but the indolence of old age tho' I struggle violently against it I feel coming fast upon me and whether I shall ever be able to finish either is extremely uncertain He was then sixty two and felt he had become an old man

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    Although I must admit that I lack just too much knowledge about Adam's Smith life and his other mayor work The Theory of Moral Sentiments I did get the impression of understanding a little bit about Adam Smith's life and ideas I cannot deny that this book had a lot of research but at times it seems that it may had not been enough However I cannot deny what was said several times during the book Adam Smith wa

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    Though his name looms large as the founder of modern economic theory Adam Smith himself is in many ways a mysterious and unknowable figure Faced with the challenge of writing a biography of a man who left only a little correspondence and only t

  7. says:

    I have to say that not only is this one of the better biographies that I have read and one of the few books that I couldn

  8. says:

    A masterful and extensively researched book which acts as a great introduction to literature of the enlightenment Some have accused the book of being overtly esoteric and thus inaccesible to those who are not schooled in the Age of Enlightenment or general 18th century philosophy For my part I would propound that it is rather than esoteric intelligently written and if anything likely to inspire any reader to fu

  9. says:

    This was a fine contextualizing biography I agree with the author that Adam Smith's life and works cannot be understood except in the milieu of the Scottish Enlightenment and Epictetian stoical philosophy Adam Sm

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