Adam Smith: Scottish moral philosopher as political economist

@article{Winch1992AdamSS,
  title={Adam Smith: Scottish moral philosopher as political economist},
  author={Donald Winch},
  journal={The Historical Journal},
  year={1992},
  volume={35},
  pages={91 - 113}
}
  • D. Winch
  • Published 1 March 1992
  • Economics
  • The Historical Journal
Abstract By contrast with those for whom the Wealth of nations marks the origin of economics as an autonomous science, this article argues that Smith's significance lies in his attempt to repossess political economy by restoring its links with the sciences of morals and natural jurisprudence — those concerns which are characteristic of his writings as a moral philosopher. The case proceeds by re-examining two topics derived from these sciences. The first begins with Smith's ungenerous treatment… 
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