Adam Smith and RousseauEthics, Politics, Economics

Adam Smith and RousseauEthics, Politics, Economics

Maria Pia Paganelli, Dennis C. Rasmussen, and Craig Smith

Print publication date: 2018

ISBN: 9781474422857

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press


Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Adam Smith are two of the foremost thinkers of the European Enlightenment, thinkers who made seminal contributions to moral and political philosophy and who shaped some of the key concepts of modern political economy. Among Smith’s first published works was a letter to the Edinburgh Review where he discusses Rousseau’s Discourse on the Origin of Inequality. Smith continued to engage with Rousseau’s work and to explore many shared themes such as sympathy, political economy, sentiment, and inequality. This collection brings together an international and interdisciplinary group of Adam Smith and Rousseau scholars to provide an exploration of the key shared concerns of these two great thinkers in politics, philosophy, economics, history, and literature.

Table of Contents

Part I Adam Smith and Jean-Jacques Rousseau

1 Introduction

Maria Pia Paganelli, Dennis C. Rasmussen and Craig Smith

Part II Self-interest and Sympathy

Part III Moral Sentiments and Spectatorship

Part IV Commercial Society and Justice

Part V Politics and Freedom