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Hanley, Ryan Patrick

Our Great Purpose

Adam Smith on Living a Better Life


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    September 2019
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    Adam Smith is best known today as the founder of modern economics, but he was also an uncommonly brilliant philosopher who was especially interested in the perennial question of how to live a good life. Our Great Purpose is a short and illuminating guide to Smith's incomparable wisdom on how to live well, written by one of today's leading Smith scholars.


    120 pages
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    General/trade;Professional and scholarly;College/higher education;

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    Ryan Patrick Hanley, Boston College, USA.


    "Smith, as Ryan Patrick Hanley understands well, was a modern heir to the great classical search for the good life, as much a student of the soul as of modern commercial society. In translating him for our times, Hanley offers a gem of a book, a guide to a great thinker that is full of insights about the practical pursuit of living well."—Darrin M. McMahon, author of Happiness: A History

    "An enjoyable read. Hanley simultaneously recovers the authentic Smith while providing ample evidence that commercial society may be vindicated not by acquisitiveness but by the praiseworthy lives it makes possible."—Eric Schliesser, author of Adam Smith: Systematic Philosopher and Public Thinker

    "A brilliant and original way to encounter Adam Smith—a book that will still be read in fifty years."—David Warsh, author of Economic Principals: Masters and Mavericks of Modern Economics

    "Our Great Purpose is a short, engaging, and thoughtful exploration of Adam Smith's philosophy on how to live a good life, written by one of the world's preeminent Smith scholars."—Dennis C. Rasmussen, author of The Infidel and the Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith, and the Friendship That Shaped Modern Thought

    "There is a mode of teaching that explores the work of a great thinker by taking key passages and explicating their assumptions and implications. It's a form of learning that few of us get to experience firsthand. But in this book, a master expositor of Smith's moral philosophy provides us with just such an experience. Hanley guides us through Smith's ideas, and with insight and eloquence shows us the relevance of Smith's thought for the way we live our lives."—Jerry Z. Muller, author of Adam Smith in His Time and Ours: Designing the Decent Society

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