‘Mere Inventions of the Imagination’: A Survey of Recent Literature on Adam Smith

@article{Brown1997MereIO,
  title={‘Mere Inventions of the Imagination’: A Survey of Recent Literature on Adam Smith},
  author={Vivienne Brown},
  journal={Economics and Philosophy},
  year={1997},
  volume={13},
  pages={281 - 312}
}
  • Vivienne Brown
  • Published 1 October 1997
  • Sociology
  • Economics and Philosophy
As late twentieth-century discourses of modernity and postmodernity invoke their Enlightenment heritage in a search for the origins of their present achievements and predicaments, Adam Smith's works are still seen as a canonic representative of that heritage. Smith has long been evoked as the ‘father’ of economics and the original proponent of laissez-faire capitalism, but the political changes in recent decades have reconstituted his iconic status. With the full range of Smith's published and… 
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