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Adam SmithSystematic Philosopher and Public Thinker$
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Eric Schliesser

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190690120

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190690120.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Systematic Philosopher and Public Thinker

Chapter:
(p.1) 1 Introduction
Source:
Adam Smith
Author(s):

Eric Schliesser

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190690120.003.0001

This chapter introduces some of the key concepts of the monograph. In particular, it shows that Adam Smith is committed to being both a systematic philosopher and a responsible public thinker. It distinguishes among different ways in which Smith is systematic and understood systematicity. It draws on the ideas of David Hume and Bishop Berkeley to contextualize Smith’s views on these subjects. The chapter includes a summary of the book, a brief bibliographic survey, and an account of the methodology of the book.

Keywords:   systematic, philosophy, Adam Smith, David Hume, Bishop Berkeley

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