This book, first published in 1987, is an attempt to explain Adam Smith’s theory of property. The author examines Smith’s theory in the context of The Wealth of Nations, and explores what Smith said, what he really meant, and what can be logically deduced from it. This title will be of interest to students of economic thought.
1. Introduction 2. Property during Adam Smith’s Lifetime: A Brief Survey 3. The Influence of John Locke on Adam Smith’s Theory of Property 4. Property in Adam Smith’s System of Moral Philosophy 5. Origin of Property: Conjecture or History 6. Alienation of Property: The Market 7. Alienation of Property: The Effect upon Individuals 8. Existing Government: Theory and Practice 9. Future Property Relations: Prescriptions and Projections 10. Objectives of Government 11. Conclusion; Appendices; Bibliography
The volumes in this set, originally published between 1925 and 1990, draw together research by leading academics in the area of the history of economic thought. The volumes encompass many different schools of economic thought, with a focus on individual economic thinkers such as Friedrich Hayek, Adam Smith and Piero Sraffa. This set will be of interest to students of economics, particularly students of the history of economic thought.