Update: Adam Smith in Paris, 1766

I have now posted on SSRN the first two parts of my ongoing, four-part “Adam Smith in Paris: 1766” series of papers. In summary, it was during this fateful year (1766) that the Scottish philosopher attended the celebrated salons of the leading ladies of Paris and dined with such lights as Diderot and d’Alembert, co-editors of the famed Encyclopedie, but most importantly, it was in the French capital where Smith met and exchanged ideas with the leading political economists of Europe. Part 1, which is subtitled “First Impressions“, surveys the French reception of Adam Smith’s 1759 treatise on moral sentiments on the eve of Smith’s Paris sojourn, pinpoints the date of Smith’s arrival in Paris during the winter of 1766, and describes his possible initial impressions of the City of Lights, impressions that may have informed his later work, while part 2 of my Smith in Paris series, which is titled “Adam Smith’s Paris through the Eyes of Horace Walpole“–refers to the Paris travel journal of Smith’s British contemporary Horace Walpole, as well as other historical sources, to retrace the first eight weeks of Smith’s stay in the French capital (mid-February to mid-April 1766). FYI: I am currently researching the last two parts of this series and hope to begin writing up my findings this summer.

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Reading of Voltaire’s tragedy of the Orphan of China in the salon of Marie Thérèse Rodet Geoffrin in 1755, by Anicet Charles Gabriel Lemonnier, c. 1812. Oil on canvas. Château de Malmaison, Rueil-Malmaison, France.

About F. E. Guerra-Pujol

When I’m not blogging, I am a business law professor at the University of Central Florida.
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