publication . Article . 2015

An archaeology of Adam Smith's epistemic context

Vigo de Lima, I.; Guizzo, D.;
Closed Access English
  • Published: 26 Oct 2015
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Abstract
Adam Smith played a key role in Foucault's archaeology of political economy. This archaeology, which Foucault accomplished in The Order of Things, is the focus of this article. Foucault may have disagreed with the writings of the classical political economists but he widens our perspective through new possibilities of understanding. It is very illuminating to understand Smith's thinking as following a discursive practice that economic thought shared with the knowledge of living beings (natural history) and language (grammar). Foucault's archaeology highlights some ontological and epistemological conditions that shed light on some of the pillars of Smith's thinki...
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