An Authentic Account of Adam Smith

  • Gavin Kennedy

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Gavin Kennedy
    Pages 1-7
  3. Gavin Kennedy
    Pages 9-34
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    Pages 35-55
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    Pages 57-78
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    Pages 79-116
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    Pages 117-139
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    Pages 141-161
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    Pages 163-196
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 197-212

About this book


This book is a textual criticism of modern ideas about the work of Adam Smith that offers a new perspective on many of his famous contributions to economic thought. Adam Smith is often hailed as a leading figure in the development of economic theories, but modern presentations of his works do not reflect Smith’s actual ideas or influence during his lifetime. Gavin Kennedy believes that his name and his legacy were often appropriated or made into myths in the 19th and 20th centuries, with many misconceptions persisting today. Offering new analysis of works on rhetoric, moral sentiments, jurisprudence, the invisible hand and The Wealth of Nations, the book gives a new perspective on this important canonical thinker. 


Wealth of Nations rhetoric jurisprudence moral sentiments invisible hand bargaining

Authors and affiliations

  • Gavin Kennedy
    • 1
  1. 1.EdinburghUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-63801-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-63802-7
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