publication . Article . Part of book or chapter of book . Other literature type . 2005

THE INVISIBLE HAND OF GOD IN ADAM SMITH

Denis, Andy;
Open Access English
  • Published: 07 Sep 2005
  • Publisher: Emerald
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Adam Smith is revered as the father of modern economics. Analysis of his writings, however, reveals a profoundly medieval outlook. Smith is preoccupied with the need to preserve order in society. His scientific methodology emphasises reconciliation with the world we live in rather than investigation of it. He invokes a version of natural law in which the universe is a harmonious machine administered by a providential deity. Nobody is uncared for and, in real happiness, we are all substantially equal. No action is without its appropriate reward – in this life or the next. The social desirability of individual self-seeking activity is ensured by the “invisible han...
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free text keywords: Scientific method, Invisible hand, Natural law, Social desirability, Happiness, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Adam smith, Philosophy, Aesthetics, nobody
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publication . Article . Part of book or chapter of book . Other literature type . 2005

THE INVISIBLE HAND OF GOD IN ADAM SMITH

Denis, Andy;