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Adam Smith and RousseauEthics, Politics, Economics$
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Maria Pia Paganelli, Dennis C. Rasmussen, and Craig Smith

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474422857

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474422857.001.0001

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Rousseau and the Scottish Enlightenment: Connections and Disconnections

Rousseau and the Scottish Enlightenment: Connections and Disconnections

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Adam Smith and Rousseau

Mark Hulliung

Edinburgh University Press

The Chapter argues that we should be much more careful about how we draw links between Rousseau and Adam Smith. Neither Smith nor any of the Scots bothered to say anything about Rousseau’s most mature writings; their comments are limited to the relatively early Discourse on Inequality. Smith’s brief remarks in the Letter to the Edinburgh Review are far more attentive to Rousseau’s style of writing than of his argument. When mentioning the Second Discourse, Smith quickly turns to Mandeville. How can we reclaim the scholarship on Smith and Rousseau?

Keywords:   self-love, civic virtue, conjectural history, social contract

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