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Adam Smith (1723–1790)

Smith, Adam. A renowned Scotch political economist; born at Kirkcaldy, June 5, 1–723; died at Edinburgh, July 17, 1790. He wrote a ‘Theory of Moral Sentiments’ (1759), in which he finds in human sympathy the cohesive force of social life; ‘Origin of Languages’ (about 1760); and (in 1776) his great work, ‘Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations,’ unfairly said to make self-interest the chief motor of society: it only makes that passion the chief motor of making money. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).