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date: 05 May 2021

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Adam Smith’s formal legacy to posterity consisted of meticulously revised editions of his two published works, and ; long-standing plans for treatises on Jurisprudence, Rhetoric, and the Fine Arts were abandoned on the grounds that there was no time to complete them. This chapter discusses Smith as component parts of an unrealized plan to develop a Science of Man on experimental principles. Smith’s introduction to this as a student is explored and the influence of Hutcheson and Hume is emphasized as is the fact that Smith developed both the published and unpublished components of his Science of Man simultaneously. The question of the meaning Smith attached to ‘science’ is a continuing theme of the chapter.

Keywords: Adam Smith, Hutcheson, Hume, science of man

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