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This publication offers the genuine Adam Smith and explores his underlying process and radical pondering, aiming to re-establish his unique intentions. The booklet presents a vital reminder of the way correct Adam Smith was once in his personal time, and the way correct he is still as we event the global unfold of opulence this day.

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Stewart continues, When . . we compare our intellectual acquirements, our opinions, manner, and institutions, with those that prevail among rude tribes, it cannot fail to occur to us as an interesting question, by what gradual steps the transition has been made from the first simple efforts of uncultivated nature, to a state of things so wonderfully artificial and complicated. Whence has arisen that systematical beauty, which we admire in the structure of cultivated language . . Whence the origin of the different sciences and of the different arts; and by what chain has the mind been led from their first rudiments to their .

8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. Fry, M. 2006; Scott, P. H. 2007; Whatley, C. 2007; Watt, D. 2007. Scott, W. R. 1937: 4–6. Watt, D. 2007. Whatley, C. 2007. Scott, W. R. 1937: 18. Ross, I. S. 1995: 2–3. : 129. Bonar, J. [1894; 1932] 1966: 208. Ross, I. S. 1995: 129–33. Scott, W. R. 1937: 18; Note 1. Scott, W. R. 1937: 134. I am grateful to Nicholas Gruen for drawing my attention to this passage.

While Smith focussed his spirited attack on primitive pagan religion, which he could do safely without earning the wrath of his tutors, was he also wrestling with disturbing questions about his religious convictions and his belief in an invisible god? Was he drifting towards that lack of religious belief that dare not be named in 18th-century Scotland? In the context of the times, religious perceptions of the world were very real for those who held them. Heaven was above and Hades below and invisible gods roamed the land, intervening for good or ill and at will.

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