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This article will discuss the theological foundation of Adam Smith's writings. Teleology, final causes, and divine design were initially seen as central to understanding Smith's writings. Over time, this view fell out of fashion. In the period after World War II, with the rise of positivism, commentators tended to overlook or downplay this interpretation. In the last decade or so, a "new theistic view" of Smith has emerged; in at least these interpretations, teleology has been restored to its former position as an essential element in understanding Smith. After sketching Smith's teleology and his view of final causes, divine design, and the ends of nature, we explain the Panglossian nature of some of the new-view interpretations of Smith. While our view differs somewhat, we agree with the essence of the new-view claim: A theological view exists in Smith and this underpins his moral and economic theories. Introduction

GENRE
Business & Personal Finance
RELEASED
2004
September 22
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
42
Pages
PUBLISHER
Acton Institute
SELLER
The Gale Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation and an affiliate of Cengage Learning, Inc.
SIZE
299.4
KB

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