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Adam Smith: Critical Theorist?

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The bicentenary of Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations in 1976 was marked by the publication of a new complete edition of his works and correspondence, bringing together for the first time all extant published and unpublished writings. A basis was thereby provided for serious reconsideration of Adam Smith's work, and since the early 1980s many conventional assumptions concerning Smith's work and contemporary significance have been challenged. This paper surveys the foundations upon which this new, "historical" Adam Smith has been constructed, and assesses the merits of the principal claims which have recently been made for his work.

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  • Keith Tribe, 1999. "Adam Smith: Critical Theorist?," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 37(2), pages 609-632, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:jeclit:v:37:y:1999:i:2:p:609-632
    Note: DOI: 10.1257/jel.37.2.609
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    1. Anderson, Gary M & Shughart, William F, II & Tollison, Robert D, 1985. "Adam Smith in the Customhouse," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 93(4), pages 740-759, August.
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    1. Edwin West, 2000. "Charles L. Griswold, Jr., Adam Smith and the Virtues of Enlightenment," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 104(1), pages 183-191, July.
    2. Alvey, James E., 2003. "Adam Smith'S View Of History: Consistent Or Paradoxical?," Discussion Papers 23710, Massey University, Department of Applied and International Economics.
    3. Menudo, Jose M., 2011. "Market Stability in Adam Smith: Competitive Process and Institutions," MPRA Paper 15361, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Elias L. Khalil, 2002. "Is Adam Smith Liberal?," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 158(4), pages 664-664, December.
    5. Esa Mangeloja, 2003. "Application of Economic Concepts on Religious Behavior," Others 0310003, EconWPA.
    6. Mark Blaug, 2001. "No History of Ideas, Please, We're Economists," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 15(1), pages 145-164, Winter.
    7. Wagner-Tsukamoto Sigmund, 2013. "The Adam Smith Problem Revisited: A Methodological Resolution," Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines, De Gruyter, vol. 19(1), pages 63-99, September.

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    • B31 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals - - - Individuals

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