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Adam Smith's System of Liberty, Wealth, and VirtueThe Moral and Political Foundations of The Wealth of Nations$
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Athol Fitzgibbons

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198292883

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198292880.001.0001

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The Political Economy of the Higher Virtues

The Political Economy of the Higher Virtues

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(p.153) 11 The Political Economy of the Higher Virtues
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Adam Smith's System of Liberty, Wealth, and Virtue
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Athol Fitzgibbons

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198292880.003.0011

Marx's theory of alienation was adapted from Smith's theory of the virtues, and this chapter examines the original Smithian theory. It considers the human and social consequences of the division of labour, and discusses how the situation could be affected by education and religion. Smith's ideal political structure is analysed.

Keywords:   alienation, division of labour, education, Karl Marx, politics, poverty, religion, virtue

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