New Handbook on Adam Smith Published
When the definitive, six-volume “Glasgow Edition of Adam Smith of the WORKS AND CORRESPONDENCE OF ADAM SMITH” appeared from Oxford University Press to mark the two hundredth anniversary of the Wealth Of Nations in 1976, with subsequent publications of his less well known Works through to 1983 Smithian scholarship received a major boost. Companion volumes, “Essays on Adam Smith”, 1975, edited by Andrew S. Skinner and Thomas Wilson, and The Life of Adam Smith by Ian S. Ross, 1995, promoted deeper interest in Adam Smith’s scholarly contributions, which grew considerably after 1983.
The beginnings of a spate of books, research papers and scholarship soon became evident, and not just among economists. It takes time for new and even old ideas to take hold. For instance many economists often quote him, or rather attribute their versions of his ideas to him, fairly regularly and as regularly clearly have not yet read any of his works, including Wealth Of Nations.
Nevertheless, that spate of interest in Adam Smith has widened and continues today in full flood, firmly establishing Adam Smith scholarship in the Academy, and not just among economists, but also among philosophers, sociologists, anthropologists, psychologists, political studies, English language and linguistics scholars, and among the Natural Sciences, including mathematics and physics.
Smith was never a single-subject scholar.
He was also a moral philosopher, an historian of science and human societies, a scholar in jurisprudence (for which he was awarded a LL.D by Glasgow University in 1764), a rhetorician and a grammarian, and participated regularly in discussions with several leading figures at Panmure House, Edinburgh, 1778-90, and in the societies, formal and informal, whose wider influence on European thinking across many fields is now known as the Scottish Enlightenment.
A new study of Adam Smith’s scholarship, reflecting recent research by 28 new and longstanding scholars across the whole spectrum of Smith’s interests, has just appeared from Oxford University Press.
Three well-respected Smithian scholars, Christopher J. Berry, Maria Pia Paganelli, and Craig Smith (two of whom are from Glasgow University), edited the 28 contributions, and contributed their own essays. It promises to be an authoritative account of recent work on Adam Smith and will be widely referred to in the coming decades.
THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF ADAM SMITH, Edited by Christopher J. Berry, Maria Pia Paganelli, and Craig Smith. Oxford University Press. Oxford Handbooks in Economics 656 pages ISBN978-0-19-960506-4 Hardback Published: 16 May 2013 Price: £95.00
“Adam Smith (1721-90) is a thinker with a distinctive perspective on human behaviour and social institutions. He is best known as the author of the An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776). Yet his work is name-checked more often than it is read and then typically it is of an uninformed nature; that he is an apologist for capitalism, a forceful promoter of self-interest, a defender of greed and a critic of any 'interference' in market transactions. To offset this caricature, this Handbook provides an informed portrait. Drawing on the expertise of leading Smith scholars from around the world, it reflects the depth and breadth of Smith's intellectual interests. After an introductory outline chapter on Smith's life and times, the volume comprises 28 new essays divided into seven parts. Five sections are devoted to particular themes in Smith's corpus - his views on Language, Art and Culture; his Moral Philosophy; his Economic thought, his discussions of History and Politics and his analyses of Social Relations. These five parts are framed by one that focuses on the immediate and proximate sources of his thought and the final one that recognizes Smith's status as a thinker of world-historical significance - indicating both his posthumous impact and influence and his contemporary resonance. While each chapter is a discrete contribution to scholarship, the Handbook comprises a composite whole to enable the full range of Smith's work to be appreciated.”
Michael C. Amrozowicz, The State University of New York at Albany
Tony Aspromourgos, University of Sydney
Christopher J. Berry, University of Glasgow
Richard Boyd, Georgetown University
Tom Campbell, Australian National University
James Chandler, University of Chicago
Christel Fricke, Heidelberg University
Samuel Fleischacker, University of Illinois-Chicago
Ryan Patrick Hanley, Marquette University
Maureen Harkin, Reed College
Eugene Heath, State University of New York
Duncan Kelly, University of Cambridge
Gavin Kennedy, Heriot-Watt University
Catherine Labio, University of Colorado at Boulder
David M. Levy, George Mason University
Leonidas Montes, University of Cambridge
Nerio Naldi, University of Rome 'La Sapienza'
Spencer J. Pack, Connecticut College
Maria Pia Paganelli, Trinity University
Nicholas Phillipson, Edinburgh University
Sandra J. Peart, University of Richmond
Dennis C. Rasmussen, Tufts University
Hugh Rockoff, Rutgers University
Amartya Sen, Harvard University
Fabrizio Simon, University of Palermo
Craig Smith, The University of St Andrews (since October 2013, Glasgow University)
C. Jan Swearingen, Texas A&M University
Spiros Tegos, The University of Crete
Edwin van de Haar, Ateneo de Manila University
Preface Introduction Christopher J. Berry: Adam Smith: Outline of Life, Times, and Legacy :
Part One Adam Smith: Heritage and Contemporaries 1: Nicholas Phillipson: Adam Smith: A Biographer's Reflections 2: Leonidas Montes: Newtonianism and Adam Smith 3: Dennis C. Rasmussen: Adam Smith and Rousseau: Enlightenment and counter-Enlightenment 4: Christopher J. Berry: Adam Smith and Early Modern Thought Part Two: Adam Smith on Language, Art and Culture 5: Catherine Labio: Adam Smith's Aesthetics 6: James Chandler: Adam Smith as Critic 7: Michael C. Amrozowicz: Adam Smith: History and Poetics 8: C. Jan Swearingen: Adam Smith on Language and Rhetoric: The Ethics of Style, Character, and Propriety Part Three: Adam Smith and Moral Philosophy 9: Christel Fricke: Adam Smith: The Sympathetic Process and the Origin and Function of Conscience 10: Duncan Kelly: Adam Smith and the Limits of Sympathy 11: Ryan Patrick Hanley: Adam Smith and Virtue 12: Eugene Heath: Adam Smith and Self-Interest Part Four: Adam Smith and Economics 13: Tony Aspromourgos: Adam Smith on Labour and Capital 14: Nerio Naldi: Adam Smith on Value and Prices 15: Hugh Rockoff: Adam Smith on Money, Banking, and the Price Level 1 6: Maria Pia Paganelli: Commercial Relations: from Adam Smith to Field Experiments Part Five: Adam Smith on History and Politics 17: Spiros Tegos: Adam Smith: Theorist of Corruption 18: David M. Levy & Sandra J. Peart: Adam Smith and the State: Language and Reform 19: Fabrizio Simon: Adam Smith and the Law 20: Edwin van de Haar: Adam Smith on Empire and International Relations Part Six: Adam Smith on Social Relations 21: Richard Boyd: Adam Smith, Civility, and Civil Society 22: Gavin Kennedy: Adam Smith on Religion 23: Samuel Fleischacker: Adam Smith and Equality 24: Maureen Harkin: Adam Smith and Women Part Seven; Adam Smith: Legacy and Influence 25: Spencer J. Pack: Adam Smith and Marx 26: Craig Smith: Adam Smith and the New Right 27: Tom Campbell: Adam Smith: Methods, Morals and Markets 28: Amartya Sen: The Contemporary Relevance of Adam Smith.