Adam Smith | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Henry J. Bittermann

This literature criticism consists of approximately 35 pages of analysis & critique of Adam Smith.
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Critical Essay by Henry J. Bittermann

SOURCE: "Adam Smith's Empiricism and the Law of Nature. I," in The Journal of Political Economy, Vol. XLVIII, No. 4, August, 1940, pp. 487–520.

In the following excerpt, Bittermann examines Smith's methodology in relation to the doctrine of natural law, arguing that, in formulating his ethical and economic theories, Smith rejected the rationalistic methods of the natural-law school of thought in favor of empirical procedures.

i. the Problem Stated

Adam Smith was both the founder of a science and the prophet of an economic and political creed, and the combination and possible confusion of scientific and normative2 elements in the Wealth of Nations has long provided material for the critics. There were advocates of laisser faire long before Smith, and it may well be contended that economic liberalism was but one aspect of broader philosophic, literary, and...

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