Adam Smith

(812 words)
  • David Williams (University of Sheffield)

imageAdam Smith was born in 1723 in Kirkaldy. After completing his early education at the Burgh School, he moved to Glasgow in 1737 where he would remain as a student until 1740. It was at the University of Glasgow where he first came under the influence of Francis Hutcheson who held the Chair of Moral Philosophy. Hutcheson, the leader of the new spirit of liberal thinking that was soon to dominate intellectual life in eighteenth-century Scottish universities, made a deep and lasting impression on the young Smith. It was through Hutcheson that Smith first became acquainted with the work of David Hume, whose Treatise of Human Nature was published in 1…

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are not a subscriber, please click here to read about membership. All our articles have been written recently by experts in their field, more than 95% of them university professors.

Williams, David. "Adam Smith". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 November 2002
[, accessed 08 July 2015.]

Articles on Smith's works

  1. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations
  2. The Theory of Moral Sentiments