This study analyses the influence that Adam Smith's philosophy had on his Wealth of Nations, and reveals the unity in Smith's extensive system of morals, politics, and economics. It concludes that Smith was motivated by a political ideal, which was moral liberalism.
Readership: Economists, political theorists, and lawyers concerned with jurisprudence. Also the general reader interested in Adam Smith.
Athol Fitzgibbons, Head of the School of Economics, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia
"Fitzgibbons's book is recommended for upper-division undergraduate through research collections." - Choice
"Athol Fitzgibbons' book is a welcome addition to this literature on Smith. It is gracefully executed and should stimulate considerable discussion ... Smith scholars will find the book both provocative and stimulating ... I highly recommend this book not only to a narrow group of specialists, but to economists, historians, philosophers, and social scientists generally." - Australian Economic History Review
"Athol Fitzgibbon's excellent work is a most welcome addition to the "new" Smith canon that has emerged over the past few years ... His thesis is clearly and succinctly stated in the opening lines of the preface ... outstanding study ... Fitzgibbon's well-written work will appeal to a wide variety of scholars as well as the general reader. It is now the best synthetic analysis of Smith's system available and deserves a wide audience." - American Political Science Review