In Richard Arena, Sheila Dow & Matthias Klaes (eds.), Open economics. Economics in relation to other disciplines. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. pp. 73-94 (2009)

Authors
Abstract
In this paper I reconstruct the birth, blossoming and decline of an eighteenth century program, namely “Moral Newtonianism”. I reconstruct the interaction, or co-existence, of different levels: positive theories, methodology, worldviews and trace the presence of scattered items of the various levels in the work of Hume, Adam Smith, Adam Ferguson, Dugald Stewart. I highlight how Mirowski’s reconstruction of the interaction between physics and economics may be extended to the eighteenth century in an interesting way once the outdated reconstruction of Adam Smith that has been adopted by Mirowski is updated. I show how general methodological ideas, such as the distinction between ultimate causes or essences and intermediate principles, that originated in a context where the issue was the interaction between natural science and theology, proved useful when transferred to social theory in encouraging a kind of “experimental” approach to social phenomena. I discuss finally the genesis of frozen metaphors such as equilibrium, circulation, and value, arguing that Canguilhem’s lesson – namely that scientific change is produced not only by similarity but also by opposition – may be applied also to the history of economic thought. I take as an example Adam Smith’s ‘discovery’ of social mechanisms vis-à-vis his sceptical mistrust of neo-Stoic and Platonic views of a world-order.
Keywords Isaac Newton  Scottish philosophy  metaphors  physical-moral analogy
Categories (categorize this paper)
Buy the book Find it on Amazon.com
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

 PhilArchive page | Other versions
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres.Adam Smith - 1985 - Glasgow Edition of the Works O.
The Genesis of the Concept of Physical Law.Edgar Zilsel - 1942 - Philosophical Review 51 (3):245-279.

View all 28 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Adam Ferguson as a Moral Philosopher.Gordon Graham - 2013 - Philosophy 88 (4):511-525.
Adam Smith: The Theory of Moral Sentiments.Knud Haakonssen (ed.) - 2002 - Cambridge University Press.
Adam Smith, Ethicist.Christina McRorie - 2015 - Journal of Religious Ethics 43 (4):674-696.
The Theory of Moral Sentiments.Adam Smith - 1759 - Dover Publications.
Scottish Philosophy in the 18th Century.Alexander Broadie - 2001 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Moral Sense Theory in the History of Rhetoric.Dorothy C. Broaddus - 1989 - Dissertation, University of Louisville
A Comparison between Aristotle and Adam Smith on the Concepts of Justice.Elena Yi-Jia Zeng - 2018 - Shih Yuan, Journal of NTU History Department 9:33-61.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2019-03-25

Total views
145 ( #80,596 of 2,505,782 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
11 ( #68,336 of 2,505,782 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes