Adam Smith's View of Man

  title={Adam Smith's View of Man},
  author={Ronald H. Coase},
  journal={The Journal of Law and Economics},
  pages={529 - 546}
  • R. Coase
  • Published 1 October 1976
  • Economics
  • The Journal of Law and Economics
ADAM Smith was a great economist, perhaps the greatest that there has ever been. Today I am going to discuss his views on the nature of man. My reason for doing this is not because I think that Adam Smith possessed an understanding of man's nature superior to that of his contemporaries. I would judge that his attitudes were quite widely shared in the eighteenth century, at any rate, in Scotland, but no doubt elsewhere in eighteenth century Europe. Adam Smith was not the father of psychology… 

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