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Theoretical and Applied Economics
No. 7 / 2006 (502)

The Prevailing of the Human Nature in the Economics of Adam Smith

Mara Magda Maftei
Academia de Studii Economice Bucuresti

Abstract. Adam Smith is thought to be the first economist, his economic considerations being even nowadays valid, no matter the everchanging connotations of capitalism throughtout the world. Unfortunately, only The Wealth of Nations was translated in Romanian, and that is why there is a tendency among us to analyze Smith only by means of his economic paradigma, leaving out his preoccupations of moral philosophy, of finding the connections between political, juridical and economic aspects. Above all, we should insist on his obsession with human nature, obsession to be embbeded within the increasing importance of economic sciences in his time, growing out of moral philosophy and jurisprudence.

Keywords: moral philosophy; human nature; smithian human being; impartial spectator; virtues.

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