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Adam Smith and the ClassicsThe Classical Heritage in Adam Smith's Thought$
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Gloria Vivenza

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198296669

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198296665.001.0001

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The Classical Heritage in Adam Smith's Ethics

The Classical Heritage in Adam Smith's Ethics

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Adam Smith and the Classics

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Deals with Smith's moral philosophy and singles out the influences of the main classical philosophies on Smith's treatise. There are clearly recognizable echoes from Greek philosophy (Plato and Aristotle), from the Hellenistic philosophies (Stoicism and Epicureanism), and from Roman Stoicism. This chapter shows the relationship of Smith's well‐known moral concepts (prudence, self‐interest, self‐control, justice, benevolence) with their classical antecedents.

Keywords:   Aristotle, benevolence, epicureanism, justice, moral philosophy, Plato, prudence, self‐control, self‐interest, stoicism

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