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Adam Smith and Rousseau: Ethics, Politics, Economics

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


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 interdisciplinar ... More

Keywords: Adam Smith, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Commercial Society, Economics, Morality, Politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474422857
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474422857.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maria Pia Paganelli, editor
Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas

Dennis C. Rasmussen, editor
Tufts University

Craig Smith, editor
University of Glasgow

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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