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8. Conclusion

Authors : Andreas Ortmann, Benoît Walraevens

Published in: Adam Smith’s System

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

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Abstract

We hope that the reader of our work agrees that there is plenty to say about Smith which has not been said before, and that there are important lessons to draw from his works for renewing and bettering our understanding of man (alone and in his interactions in society), especially in economics. These reasoning routines identify a hitherto poorly understood deep structure of Smith's work, explaining its main characteristics and its development from Smith's early research on the principles of the human mind which allow humans to understand the natural and social world alike, and to exchange with others their ideas and sentiments about it.

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Footnotes
1
We take pride in the fact that Gavin Kennedy, in his assessment of an early draft of Ortmann et al. (2019) which is informed by Chapter 2 in this book, wrote:
ANOTHER OUTSTANDING PAPER EXPOSING SCHUMPETER’S DIATRIBE AGAINST ADAM SMITH’S WEALTH OF NATIONS
This paper is a most interesting assessment of Schumpeter’s well known critique of Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations and very personal criticism of Adam Smith. The authors are to be congratulated on their thorough assessment of Schumpeter’s assessment, which also informs readers of the distinctive role of Smith’s analysis of Rhetoric, for which he is less famous—even grossly neglected— Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres (1762-3)—….
… Ortmann, Baranowski, and Walraevens demonstrate how Smith’s passion for rhetoric as a teaching method was applied throughout Wealth of Nations and remembering that his focus was on persuading government ministers (politicians) and significant others by the perspicuity of his arguments about the dangers of mercantile policies associated with foreign trade—such as the Navigation Acts—that led to European wars, colonial rivalries and the inhibition of foreign trade. …I strongly advise readers to follow the link and read some truly original scholarship about Adam Smith.
 
2
See Smith and Wilson (2019) and McCloskey (2021).
 
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Metadata
Title
Conclusion
Authors
Andreas Ortmann
Benoît Walraevens
Copyright Year
2022
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-99704-5_8