Adam Smith and His Context: The Scottish Enlightenment

Cedeplar Working Paper No. 263

25 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2005

Date Written: May 2005


This essay argues that Adam Smith's thought should be interpreted within the intellectual context of the Scottish enlightenment. It discusses the origins and the specific nature of the enlightenment in Scotland in order to highlight the differences between the social theory of the Scottish literati and the dominant approach to economics.

Keywords: Adam Smith, Scottish enlightenment, political economy

JEL Classification: B30, A13

Suggested Citation

Cerqueira, Hugo Eduardo Araujo da Gama, Adam Smith and His Context: The Scottish Enlightenment (May 2005). Cedeplar Working Paper No. 263, Available at SSRN: or

Hugo Eduardo Araujo da Gama Cerqueira (Contact Author)

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais ( email )

Av. Antonio Carlos, 6627
Faculdade de Ciências Econômicas
Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais 31270-901

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