By G. Kennedy
During this obtainable booklet, Gavin Kennedy takes a clean examine Adam Smith's ethical philosophy and its hyperlinks to his political financial system and his lectures on Jurisprudence. The publication offers a brand new research of Wealth of countries , and argues that Adam Smith's highbrow legacy used to be thoroughly remodeled within the 19th and 20th centuries by way of economists pursuing assorted agendas, to create rules and regulations that Smith didn't recommend. It additionally offers a brand new cause of the most mysteries approximately Smith's later existence.
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Smith also quotes a telling line: 'Never complain of that which it is at all times in your power to rid yourself'. 3 He had the remedy in his hands and the power to rid himself of his problem. Strictly, in this sense, he agreed with his tutors' assessment, but not their remedy: Hume's Treatise was not appropriate reading for a candidate for ordination, so he decided finally to cease to be a candidate. Three obstacles Smith had to overcome three obstacles before he could abandon his ordination in good conscience.
6 His friends did not think he had made a wise choice at the time, considering his future uncertain, if not precarious. Smith was not alone in his defection from the Snell obligations; of the ten Snell students at Balliol while Smith was there, only one was ordained. 7 Bad Days at Balliol 21 Tormented by a mob of young gentlemen The last straw was the behaviour of his masters, backed by a raucous mob of English students. The Master of Balliol College, Reverend Dr. Theophilus Leigh, may have urged him to qualify for an early ordination if he perceived the incident over Hume's book as a sign that Smith's commitment was slipping away.
The 'plan' had succeeded. 34 Adam Smith's Lost Legacy In his letter of acceptance he warned that his attendance at the admittance ceremony in Glasgow would 'of necessity' have to be followed by a quick return to Edinburgh, presumably to prepare one of his Edinburgh lectures on the following Friday. ' 8 His candour shows his confidence that the Argyll interest would push through his appointment whatever the intrusions of his private affairs on the University's convenience. But for all the speed with which he was catapulted into the Chair in January, Professor Smith took his time in assuming his duties.
Adam Smith’s Lost Legacy by G. Kennedy