The Authentic Adam Smith

His Life and Ideas



James Buchan (Author)


Celebrated author James Buchan on the widely known—but often misread—Scottish philosopher Adam Smith.

Adam Smith (1723-1790) has been adopted by neoconservatives as the ideological father of unregulated business and small government. His "invisible hand" has become a commanding shorthand for politicians promoting laissez-faire economics, but Smith never used it in reference to free-market capitalism. Smith was a deeply moral man who considered himself a philosopher, not an economist. Drawing on twenty-five years of research, James Buchan renders an Adam Smith untainted by political and economic interests. This compelling narrative uncovers Smith's passionate commitment to develop an ethical theory essential to his vision of a just commercial society.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • August 2007
  • ISBN 978-0-393-32994-0
  • 5.4 × 8 in / 208 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, Singapore and Malaysia, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

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