Monday, April 23, 2007

The Torment of Not Knowing

An interesting public lecture is underway today at the University of Minnesota (12 noon at the Social Sciences Building) by Professor Robert Brenner (Professor of History and Director of the Center for Social Theory and Comparative History at UCLA), entitled "Property and Progress: Where Adam Smith Went Wrong".

What a torment it is to read such an announcement and not know what Professor Brenner’s theme will be beyond the tantalising title!

He used a similar title “Property and Progress: Where Adam Smith Went Wrong”, at a symposium on ‘Marxist Historiography: Alive, Dead, or Moribund?’, at the British Academy in November 2004.

I am always willing to read any credible critiques of Adam Smith in case they provide a new perspective and I am now in the hunt for details of Professor Brenner’s appreciation of where Smith went ‘wrong’.

Anybody out there with any suggestions?


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