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Adam Smith in His Time and Ours:
Designing the Decent Society
Jerry Z. Muller

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Introduction: Back to Adam?1
Pt. IAdam Smith in His Time
1Cosmopolitan Provincial: Smith's Life and Social Milieu15
2Gentlemen, Consumers, and the Fiscal-Military State28
3Self-Love and Self-Command: The Intellectual Origins of Smith's Civilizing Project39
Pt. IIDesigning the Decent Society
4The Market: From Self-Love to Universal Opulence63
5The Legislator and the Merchant77
6Social Science as the Anticipation of the Unanticipated84
7Commercial Humanism: Smith's Civilizing Project93
8"The Impartial Spectator"100
9The Historical and Institutional Foundations of Commercial Society113
10The Moral Balance Sheet of Commercial Society131
11The Visible Hand of the State140
12Applied Policy Analysis: Smith's Sociology of Religion154
13"A Small Party": Moral and Political Leadership in Commercial Society164
Pt. IIIFrom Smith's Time to Ours
14Critics, Friendly and Unfriendly177
15Some Unanticipated Consequences of Smith's Rhetoric185
16The Timeless and the Timely194
Notes206
Guide to Further Reading240
Acknowledgments262
Index265

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