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Colin Kidd: Adam Smith

7 October 2010
Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life 
by Nicholas Phillipson.
Allen Lane, 345 pp., £25, August 2010, 978 0 7139 9396 7
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Adam Smith and the Circles of Sympathy: Cosmopolitanism and moral theory 
by Fonna Forman-Barzilai.
Cambridge, 286 pp., £55, March 2010, 978 0 521 76112 3
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... furnished an ethic appropriate to a modern, commercial society of individuals, namely a form of communal cohesion based not on an established religious truth or feudal hierarchy, but rather on what FonnaForman-Barzilai describes as a ‘self-regulating method of social co-ordination’. Nevertheless, as she reminds us, notwithstanding the success of his book, Smith was far from confident that he had ...

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