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The ‘Rude State of Society’ and the Reason for Abundance: Adam Smith’s Model

  • Alfonso Maurizio IaconoEmail author
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Abstract

In Adam Smith, the contemporaneity of the savage nations took on the dimension of delay and inferiority measured by the evolutionary time of western societies and presented itself as the repetition of a time without leaps and without breaks. The ‘recognition’ of the ‘humanity’ of savage people became an insertion within an evolutionary scale hierarchized according to the criterion of the capitalist mode of production of thinking and imagining one’s own power. Savage people, precisely in so far as they are ‘recognized’, take their place in the lowest rungs of a single evolutionary scale that leads up to the capitalist mode of production, exactly like Friday, whose ‘humanity’ is built by the power of Robinson, from his weapons, from his language, from his religion.

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  1. 1.University of PisaPisaItaly

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