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Adam Smith and Rousseau

Ethics, Politics, Economics

Edited by Maria Pia Paganelli, Dennis C. Rasmussen, Craig Smith

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Looks at all aspects of the pivotal intellectual relationship between two key figures of the Enlightenment

This collection brings together an international and interdisciplinary group of Adam Smith and Jean-Jacques Rousseau scholars to explore the key shared concerns of these two great thinkers in politics, philosophy, economics, history and literature.

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Section A: Adam Smith and Jean-Jacques Rousseau

1. Introduction by Maria Pia Paganelli, Dennis C. Rasmussen, and Craig Smith

2. On the Place of Politics in Commercial Society by Ryan Patrick Hanley

3. Rousseau and the Scottish Enlightenment: Connections and Disconnections by Mark Hulliung

Section B: Self-interest and Sympathy

4. The Role of Interpersonal Comparisons in Moral Learning and the Sources of Recognition Respect: Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s amour-propre and Adam Smith’s sympathy by Christel Fricke

5. Actors and Spectators: Rousseau's response to eighteenth century debates on self-interest by Mark Hill

6. Pursuing Sympathy without Vanity: Interpreting Smith’s Critique of Rousseau through Smith’s Critique of Mandeville by John McHugh

Section C: Moral Sentiments and Spectatorship

7. Adam Smith and Jean-Jacques Rousseau on the Vices of the Marketplace by Michael Schleeter

8. Julie’s Garden and the Impartial Spectator: an examination of Smithean themes in Rousseau’s La Nouvelle Héloïse by Tabitha Baker

9. Sentimental Conviction: Rousseau’s Apologia and the Impartial Spectator by Adam Schoene

Section D: Commercial Society and Justice

10. Being and Appearing: self-falsification, exchange, and freedom in Rousseau and Adam Smith by Charles L. Griswold

11. Citizens, Markets, and Social Order: An Aristotelian Reading of Smith and Rousseau on Justice by Jimena Hurtado

Section E: Politics and Freedom

12. Smith, Rousseau, and the True Spirit of a Republican by Dennis C. Rasmussen

13. Left to Their Own Devices: Smith and Rousseau on Public Opinion and the Role of the State by Jason Neidleman

14. Rousseau and Smith: Sympathy, Justice, and Cosmopolitics by Neil Saccamano

About the Author

Maria Pia Paganelli is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. She is the co-editor of The Oxford Handbook on Adam Smith (OUP, 2013) along with Christopher Berry and Craig Smith. She has written extensively in journals on David Hume and Adam Smith.

Dennis C. Rasmussen is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Tufts University. He is the author of The Pragmatic Enlightenment: Recovering the Liberalism of Hume, Smith, Montesquieu and Voltaire (Cambridge University Press, 2014), The Problems and Promise of Commercial Society: Adam Smith’s Response to Rousseau (Penn State University Press, 2008).

Craig Smith is Adam Smith Lecturer in the Scottish Enlightenment in the School of Social and Political Sciences at The University of Glasgow.

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