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By I. McLean, G. Brown

Iain McLean reexamines the novel legacy of AdamSmith, arguing that Smith was once a thorough egalitarian and that his paintings supported all 3 of the slogans of the French Revolution: liberty, equality, and fraternity. McLean means that Smith's the idea of ethical Sentiments , released in 1759, crystallized the significantly egalitarian philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment. This booklet brings Smith into complete view, exhibiting how a lot of contemporary economics and political technology is in Smith. the writer locates Smith's background firmly in the context of the Enlightenment, whereas addressing the overseas hyperlinks among American, French, and Scottish histories of political suggestion.

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13. In the Wedderburn version, this speech of Hume’s runs ‘Have a little patience only till I have the pleasure of seeing the churches shut up, and the Clergy sent about their business’. Corr. # 163. 14. While in London he was treated by the eminent Glasgow-born surgeon John Hunter. Ross 1995, p. 374. 15. ‘A critical stage in human life; a point at which the person was supposed to be specially liable to change in health or fortune. ); some included also the multiples of 9. v. ‘climacteric’, sense B1.

On firmer ground is the fact, attested by a correspondent of Jeremy Bentham’s, that Smith was ‘much with the ministry; and the clerks at the public offices have orders to furnish him with all papers, and to employ additional hands, if necessary, to copy for him’ (G. Wilson to J. Bentham, quoted by Ross 1995, p. 375). Smith had written the previous year to an opposition MP: I think myself much honoured by the slightest mark of Mr Pitts approbation. You may be assured that the long and strict friendship in which I have lived with some of his opponents, does not hinder me from discerning courage, activity, probity, and public spirit in the great outlines of his administration.

In 1958 a second set, taken in the session of 1762–3, The Life of an Absent-minded Professor 13 surfaced, as did a set of Smith’s ‘private’ lectures on rhetoric and belleslettres, which he delivered later in the day to a more select group of students. These in turn derived from the Edinburgh lectures on the same subjects that we know Smith gave between 1748 and 1751. These three sets of notes are now available as LJ(B), LJ(A) and LRBL respectively. Of these, LRBL for sure, and probably some parts of the rest, derive from the Edinburgh private lectures.

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