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By G. Kennedy

During this obtainable e-book, Gavin Kennedy takes a clean examine Adam Smith's ethical philosophy and its hyperlinks to his political financial system and his lectures on jurisprudence. The ebook offers a brand new research of Wealth of countries, and argues that Adam Smith's highbrow legacy used to be coopted within the 19th and 20th centuries by means of economists pursuing agendas that Smith didn't suggest. It additionally presents a brand new reason for the most mysteries approximately Smith's later existence.

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9 Perhaps Leigh saw young Smith’s doubts as further evidence of the unsuitability of the Scots to be flag carriers for the sacred Jacobite cause, mixed in with his own disappointments in the collapse of the Scotch Pretender’s challenge. 1746 was the year of the brutal crushing of Charles Edward Stuart’s Highland army at Culloden on 16th April. It was also the first year of the violent aftermath aimed at destroying for good the Highlanders’ threat to the Hanoverian throne. Anti-Scotch feeling ran high at Balliol in that fateful year.

3 Professor Loudon’s death on 1 November 1750 had caused the vacancy. 4 Between news of his death and the meeting of the Faculty of Professors on 9 January, the first available Tuesday in 1751, the candidates’ sponsors manoeuvred behind the scenes. Two serious candidates emerged, namely, George Muirhead, who became Professor of Oriental Languages in 1753, and Adam Smith. ’ 5 He replied immediately by return on the 10 th! 6 That the letters exchanged so quickly suggest an early confidence in what was to transpire and demonstrate the usual thorough preparation of matters under his control that were the hallmark of Smith’s attention to administrative detail.

He seized the opportunities provided by unexpected events, acting always with a deliberation, as he ‘read the game’ and played it with exceptional skill. On this occasion, fortunately for Smith, Ilay’s career handicap was an advantage to Smith. Ilay, the semi-detached Establishment power broker, took a personal interest in the affairs of the Scottish universities, hence the strategic importance for Smith through the influence of his cousin, William Smith, of aligning himself with the Argyll interest as a student.

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