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Adam Smith, Radical and Egalitarian

An Interpretation for the Twenty-First Century

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Iain McLean
    Pages 27-45
  3. Iain McLean
    Pages 82-99
  4. Iain McLean
    Pages 100-119
  5. Iain McLean
    Pages 120-149
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 150-172

About this book


Iain McLean reexamines the radical legacy of AdamSmith, arguing that Smith was a radical egalitarian and that his work supported all three of the slogans of the French Revolution: liberty, equality, and fraternity. McLean suggests that Smith's The Theory of Moral Sentiments , published in 1759, crystallized the radically egalitarian philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment. This book brings Smith into full view, showing how much of modern economics and political science is in Smith. The author locates Smith's heritage firmly within the context of the Enlightenment, while addressing the international links between American, French, and Scottish histories of political thought.


Adam Smith liberty morality political science Political Thought politics Public Choice revolution work

About the authors

IAIN MCLEAN is Offical Fellow in Politics, Nuffield College and Professor of Politics, University of Oxford, UK.

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