ePub Essays on Philosophical Subjects with Dugald Stewart's Account of Adam Smith ePub

by Adam Smith

Essays on Philosophical Subjects, by the Scottish economist Adam Smith, is a history of astronomy down to his own era, plus some thoughts on ancient physics and metaphysics. This work was published posthumously, in 1795, using material which he'd intended to publish eventually but had not prepared at the time of his death in 1790. This was done by his literary executors, two old friends from the Scottish academic world; physicist/chemist Joseph Black & pioneering geologist James Hutton. A brief account of their work appears in a section entitled 'Advertisement by the Editors'. The book consists of three distinct works: The History of Astronomy, The History of the Ancient Physics & The History of the Ancient Logics & Metaphysics.
The History of Astronomy is the largest of these & is thought to have been written in the 1750s, before Smith's major works. The overall understanding is excellent, though the Glasgow Edition of 1976 includes some detailed criticism of his use of sources. But also defends him for calling Newton a philosopher rather than a scientist; the word 'scientist' didn't exist before 1839. It's also interesting for containing the 1st mention of the Invisible Hand: "For it may be observed, that in all Polytheistic religions, among savages, as well as in the early ages of heathen antiquity, it is the irregular events of nature only that are ascribed to the agency & power of the gods. Fire burns, & water refreshes; heavy bodies descend, & lighter substances fly upwards, by the necessity of their own nature; nor was the invisible hand of Jupiter every apprehended to be employed in those matters." (III.2, page 49, Glasgow Edition.)

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PublisherClarendon/Oxford University Press, USA
Release date 02.04.1980
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