The hidden theology of Adam Smith

@article{Hill2001TheHT,
  title={The hidden theology of Adam Smith},
  author={Lisa Hill},
  journal={The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought},
  year={2001},
  volume={8},
  pages={1 - 29}
}
  • Lisa Hill
  • Published 1 March 2001
  • Economics
  • The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought
This paper contests late readings of Adam Smith's ‘invisible hand’ as an essentially secular device. It is argued that Smith's social and economic philosophy is inherently theological and that his entire model of social order is logically dependent on the notion of God's action in nature. It will be shown that far from being a purely secular, materialist or evolutionist approach Smith works from the argument from design to construct a model that is teleological and securely located in the chain… 
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