Recap of Walter Bagehot’s View of Adam Smith

Below is a recap of my first five posts in this series:

  1. Adam Smith as a Person (March 25, 2023), where I introduce an essay with the same title by English essayist Walter Bagehot.
  2. Walter Bagehot and Adam Smith, part 1 (March 27), where I identify several themes in Bagehot’s Adam Smith essay.
  3. Adam Smith’s dream (March 28), where I describe the ambitious nature of Smith’s massive scholarly project: to identify the universal and law-like rules of behavior that men, merchants, and law-makers should live by.
  4. Balliol College and the road to Adam Smith’s Damascus (morning of March 30), where I survey the last stage Smith’s formal education–his seven years of study at Oxford–and take notice of his momentous decision in 1746 to abandon his religious vocation.
  5. Adam Smith’s patrons and possible father figures (afternoon of March 30), where I identify two prominent men who took Smith under their protective wings: the jurist Lord Kames and the mechant/slave trader Provost Cochrane.

Stay tuned; I will pick up where I left off (with the publication of Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments in 1759) and resume my Bagehot/Smith series on Monday, April 3 …

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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