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

It is unlikely that the Adam Smith “problem” in all its manifestations could be definitively resolved and this is certainly not the line this book is promoting. What’s on offer here is a fresh critical take on the two works looked at from recent developments within philosophy – philosophy of social science, philosophy of mind, social epistemology, moral philosophy – with a view to bringing Smith to a mainstream philosophy audience while simultaneously informing Smith’s traditional constituency (political economy) with philosophically finessed interpretations. The title of the book (due 2014, Palgrave MacMillan) is significant in that “Propriety” connotes Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments and “Prosperity” connotes The Wealth of Nations.

The line-up for the volume as follows:

Geoffrey Thomas (Philosophy, Birkbeck College, London)

Joshua Rust (Philosophy, Stetson University)

Gloria Zúñiga y Postigo (Philosophy, University of Texas, Arlington)

Brian Glenney (Philosophy, Gordon College, Wenham)

Byron Kaldis (Philosophy, Hellenic Open University)

Gordon Graham (Philosophy, Princeton Theological Seminary)

Gavin Kennedy (Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University)

Eugene Heath (Philosophy, State University of New York, New Paltz)

Jonathan Wight (Robins School of Business, University of Richmond)

David Hardwick (Medicine, University of British Columbia)

Leslie Marsh (Medicine, University of British Columbia)

Lauren Hall (Political Science, Rochester Institute of Technology)

Laurent Dobuzinskis (Political Science, Simon Fraser University)

Spiros Tegos (Philosophy, University of Crete)

Jack Weinstein (Philosophy, University of North Dakota)

Roger Frantz (Economics, San Diego State University)

Craig Smith (Social and Political Sciences, Glasgow University)

David Brat (Economics & Business, Randolph Macon College)