Adam Smith (809 words)

David Williams (University of Sheffield)
Download PDF Save to Bookshelf Tweet Report an Error

Context

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…

Citation: Williams, David. "Adam Smith". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 November 2002 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=4109, accessed 28 October 2021.]

4109 Adam Smith 1 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here