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Williams: Hume on Religion

The vulgar perhaps need a religion: if so, polytheism may well be better, as doing less harm. The sophisticated may well do without one: the trouble is that the religion they may be tempted to embrace may be even worse than the primitive one. Here also, and in some ways parallel, is a distinction that…

Adam Smith: 18th Century Polymath

Here is the intro to Roger Frantz’ chapter. ~~~~~~~ Adam Smith (1723-1790) was a polymath with several of his key concepts and theories either having modern counterparts and/or “enjoying” empirical support. Smith wrote about the origin and proper use of language, grammar, the history of astronomy and ancient physics, moral philosophy, music, dance, and poetry,…

Adam Smith’s Pluralism: Rationality, Education, and the Moral Sentiments

Keep an eye out for this forthcoming book by the very excellent Smith scholar Jack Weinstein who also happens to be contributing to Propriety and Prosperity: New Studies on the Philosophy of Adam Smith. Adam SmithEconomicsJack Russell WeinsteinJack WeinsteinLiberalismLibertarianismPhilosophyPhilosophy of EducationpluralismrationalityScottish EnlightenmentTheory of Moral SentimentWealth of Nations