Adam Smith and the Classics: The Classical Heritage in Adams Smith's Thought


'This book would be of interest both to scholars of British philosophy of the eighteenth century and to those of ancient philosophy. All who make a special study of Adam Smith should certainly read it.' -British Journal for the History of Philosophy'Few scholars have, as yet, paid close attention to Smith's lectures on jurisprudence, and for this reason Vivenza's chapter on jurisprudence and Roman law is particularly valuable. As elsewhere, she is remarkably well informed on all the relevant literature, and she has also brought her own knowledge of the ancient world to bear fruitfully on her reflections.' -British Journal for the History of Philosophy'Most welcome... her [Smith's] observations are often original and instructive... Vivenza's discussion of the relevance of classical expressions of Stoicism is far and away superior to that of any other commentator.' -British Journal for the History of Philosophy'The book holds up well as an expert exercise in tracing sources, influence and filiation... Vivenza's scholarly and carefully detailed account of the intricate weave of classical influences within Smith's thought is an achievement.' -Political StudiesThis book defines the relationship between the thought of Adam Smith and that of the ancients---Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, and the Stoics. Vivenza offers a complete survey of all Smith's writings with the aim of illustrating how classical arguments shaped opinions and scholarship in the eighteenth century.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Gloria Vivenza
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Oxford
Publication year:
  • 2001


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