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Reading Adam Smith VI: Political Economy and the Mercantile System

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  • Fri 17 Jan 2020 12.00 - 13.30
  Add to Calendar 2020-01-17 12:00 2020-01-17 13:30 Europe/Paris Reading Adam Smith VI: Political Economy and the Mercantile System

After a using the Christmas break to recover from the first 3 books of Adam Smith's the Wealth of Nations, we will continue by looking at Book 4: 'Of Systems of Political Economy'. Taking our time to go through it we will first discuss what 'the mercantile system' is to Smith. Moreover, we can question whether this form of economic theory really existed during the 17th and 18th centuries. We will also discuss why Smith coined this term? What was its use is in the grand scheme of his economic theory? How should we understand mercantilism and the mercantile system in liberal economic theory? We invite both historians and political economists with an interest in liberal theory to join us in getting to the core of Smith's political economy over the coming sessions.

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  Sala dei Levrieri

After a using the Christmas break to recover from the first 3 books of Adam Smith's the Wealth of Nations, we will continue by looking at Book 4: 'Of Systems of Political Economy'. Taking our time to go through it we will first discuss what 'the mercantile system' is to Smith. Moreover, we can question whether this form of economic theory really existed during the 17th and 18th centuries. We will also discuss why Smith coined this term? What was its use is in the grand scheme of his economic theory? How should we understand mercantilism and the mercantile system in liberal economic theory? We invite both historians and political economists with an interest in liberal theory to join us in getting to the core of Smith's political economy over the coming sessions.


Location:
Sala dei Levrieri

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Working group
 
 

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