Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Idea of Commercial Society in the Scottish Enlightenment$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Christopher J. Berry

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748645329

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748645329.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM EDINBURGH SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.edinburgh.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Edinburgh University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ESO for personal use.date: 05 August 2021

. Prosperity and Poverty

. Prosperity and Poverty

(p.66) 3. Prosperity and Poverty
The Idea of Commercial Society in the Scottish Enlightenment

Christopher J. Berry

Edinburgh University Press

The chapter identifies as key distinguishing feature of a commercial society that, compared to earlier ‘stages’, its inhabitants are better fed, clothed and housed. For the Scots (Smith especially but not exclusively) this amelioration is explained by the division of labour. Wealth is a blessing and for the Scots there is nothing redemptive about ‘poverty’ and any social ethic, whether of a Stoic or Christian provenance, which endorses that is morally deficient (that contrast is brought out by some comparative analysis). This judgment reveals, in consequence, an ethical and normative core to the Scots’ account of commerce.

Keywords:   Division of labour, Poverty, Adam Smith, Wealth

Edinburgh Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.