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By G. Kennedy

This booklet provides the genuine Adam Smith and explores his underlying procedure and radical considering, aiming to re-establish his unique intentions. The booklet offers a vital reminder of the way appropriate Adam Smith used to be in his personal time, and the way suitable he continues to be as we adventure the global unfold of opulence today.

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The infant, however, feels only the uneasiness of the present instant, which can never be great. 13 Throughout his adult life the ever-present threat from religious zealots kept him, and many others, from expressing overt opposition to the prevailing religious dogmas. David Hume was bolder and paid the price of being refused academic jobs by both Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities. But even Hume never went so far as to state his irreligious views in an extreme manner and many Scottish Church Ministers remained his life-long friends despite knowing his views on Christianity, tempered by also knowing of his gentle and honest personality.

Ross, I. S. 1995: 79. Ross, I. S. 1995: 82. : 87, quoting Tytler, A. F. 190. Scott, W. R. 1937: 66. Emerson, R. L. 1995: 21–39. Cf. Ross, I. S. 1995: 110. Scott, W. R. 1937: 138. Rae, J. 1895: 42–3; Ross, I. S. 1995: 109. Ross, I. S. 1995: 110. 157, 14, 16, Dr Williams’ Lib. Smith, A. ‘1755 Paper’; cf. Kennedy, G. 2005. Appendix: 241. Scott, W. R. 1937: 66, 140; Ross, I. S. 1995: 145–51. Rae, J. 1895: 45; Ross, I. S. 1995: 112–13. ’Society’ refers to scholars at the University and not to society in general.

Mankind are endowed with a desire of those ends, and an aversion to the contrary; with a love of life, and ‘in the first ages of society’ 39 a dread of dissolution; with a desire of the continuation and perpetuity of the species, and with an aversion to the thoughts of its intire extinction. But though we are in this manner endowed with a very strong desire of those ends, it has not been intrusted to the slow and uncertain determinations of our reason, to find out the proper means of bringing them about.

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