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By Fonna Forman-Barzilai

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This 2010 textual content pursues Adam Smith's perspectives on ethical judgement, humanitarian care, trade, justice and foreign legislations either in ancient context and during a twenty-first-century cosmopolitan lens, making this an enormous contribution not just to Smith reports but in addition to the heritage of cosmopolitan idea and to modern cosmopolitan discourse itself. Forman-Barzilai breaks floor, demonstrating the spatial texture of Smith's ethical psychology and the methods he believed that actual, affective and cultural distance constrain the identities, connections and moral duties of contemporary advertisement humans. Forman-Barzilai emphasizes his resistance to one of these relativism, ethical insularity and cultural chauvinism that too frequently accompany localist evaluations of cosmopolitan proposal this present day. this can be a attention-grabbing, revisionist learn that integrates the views of highbrow background, ethical philosophy, political conception, cultural idea, diplomacy thought and political economic system, and may attraction around the humanities and social sciences.

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Becker, The Economic Approach to Human Behavior (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1976). On Smith and the Chicago School, see the forthcoming essay by Steven G. Medema, “Adam Smith and the Chicago School,” in The Elgar Companion to Adam Smith, ed. Jeffrey Young (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2009). Conflicted self 35 Macpherson and Dumont20 generally agreed that the Wealth of Nations presented an essentially materialist, Hobbesian orientation to human motivation checked by a fundamental optimism that human egoism can be restrained autonomously, invisibly, through free competition in commerce.

4 (p. 86). 10 (p. 77). For further discussion, accompanied by a critique of Griswold and Den Uyl in “Friendship and Love” who note that Smith was ultimately concerned with “social cooperation” and not “the self-perfection of the individual (as in Aristotle),” see Samuel Fleischacker, A Third Concept of Liberty: Judgement and Freedom in Kant and Adam Smith (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1999), pp. 143–149. 14 Introduction larger, distinctively modern concerns about social coordination.

Though I am critical of “economic man” interpretations of Smith’s thought, I am significantly more perturbed by the adjective “economic” than the subject “man” in this formulation. I occasionally insert the female pronoun throughout the book to remind readers of Smith’s contemporary appeal and that there is no reason why his account should have been confined to half the human race. However, I am only slightly ambivalent about the predominance of the male pronoun through this book, for anything otherwise would imply what a contextual orientation to Smith’s thought should not.

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