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How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness

Russ Roberts’ latest getting some high-profile press, and endorsed by some top-notch names including the redoubtable Nassim Taleb. Here is an extended interview with Reason. On this general approach to Smith see this forthcoming collection.

Adam Smith, didn’t think the pursuit of wealth was a very good idea, thought it was corrosive, thought it was bad for you, thought ambition was bad for you, thought the pursuit of fame would destroy your character and your happiness, your serenity, your tranquility.

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Propriety and Prosperity: New Studies on the Philosophy of Adam Smith

Galleys have now been generated for this collection. Here is the finalized table of contents.

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List of Figures

Foreword by Vernon L. Smith

Acknowledgements

List of Contributors 

List of Abbreviations

1: Introduction: Epistemology not Ideology: David F. Hardwick and Leslie Marsh

Part I: Context

2: Adam Smith as a Scottish Philosopher: Gordon Graham

3: Friendship in Commercial Society Revisited: Adam Smith on Commercial Friendship: Spyridon Tegos

4: Adam Smith and French Political Economy: Parallels and Differences: Laurent Dobuzinskis

5Adam Smith: Eighteenth-Century Polymath: Roger Frantz

Part II: Propriety

6: Indulgent Sympathy and the Impartial Spectator: Joshua Rust 

7: Adam Smith on Sensory Perception: A Sympathetic Account: Brian Glenney

8: Adam Smith on Sympathy: From Self-Interest to Empathy: Gloria Zúñiga y Postigo

9: What My Dog Can Do: On the Effect of The Wealth of Nations I.ii.2: Jack Weinstein

Part III: Prosperity

10: Metaphor Made Manifest: Taking Seriously Smith’s ‘Invisible Hand’: Eugene Heath

11: The ‘Invisible Hand’ Phenomenon in Economics: Gavin Kennedy

12: Instincts and the Invisible Order: The Possibility of Progress: Jonathan B. Wight

13: Two Invisible Hands: Family, Markets, and the Adam Smith Problem: Lauren K. Hall

14: Smith, Justice, and the Scope of the Political: Craig Smith

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Propriety and Prosperity: New Studies on the Philosophy of Adam Smith

Now that the ms has been shipped off to the publisher here is the finalized lineup:

Foreword — Vernon Smith

Adam Smith as a Scottish Philosopher — Gordon Graham

Friendship in Commercial Society Revisited: Adam Smith on Commercial Friendship — Spyridon Tegos

Adam Smith and French Political Economy: Parallels and Differences — Laurent Dobuzinskis

Adam Smith: 18th Century Polymath — Roger Frantz

 One Adam Smith — David Brat

Indulgent Sympathy and the Impartial Spectator — Joshua Rust

 Adam Smith on Sensory Perception: A Sympathetic Account — Brian Glenney

Adam Smith on Sympathy: From Self-Interest to Empathy — Gloria Zúñiga y Postigo

What My Dog Can Do: On the Effect of The Wealth of Nations I.ii.2 — Jack Weinstein

Metaphor Made Manifest: Taking Seriously Smith’s “Invisible Hand” — Eugene Heath

The ‘Invisible Hand’ Phenomenon in Philosophy and Economics — Gavin Kennedy

Instincts and the Invisible Order: The Possibility of Progress — Jonathan B. Wight

The Spontaneous Order and the Family — Lauren K. Hall

Smith, Justice and the Scope of the Political — Craig Smith

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Rummaging around in Adam Smith’s brain

Here’s an interview with Jack Weinstein whose Adam Smith’s Pluralism: Rationality, Education, and the Moral Sentiments will be the subject of an upcoming symposium for Cosmos + Taxis. Also, Jack is contributing to my Propriety and Prosperity: New Studies on the Philosophy of Adam Smith scheduled to appear this year.

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