Adam Smith on philosophy and religion

Smith, C. (2018) Adam Smith on philosophy and religion. Ruch Filozoficzny, 74(3), pp. 23-39. (doi:10.12775/RF.2018.025)

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Abstract

The recent rediscovery of Adam Smith by philosophers has led a debate about the place of religion in his moral philosophy. The debate about the extent to which Smith’s philosophy depends on religious arguments is probably unresolvable, so in this paper I examine what Smith’s writings on religion can tells us about his conception of philosophy. The paper examines the interrelation of religion and philosophical method in Smith’s work and argues that he adopts a ‘reality check’ approach which seeks to prevent philosophical systems from over-reaching themselves.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Smith, Dr Craig
Authors: Smith, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Journal Name:Ruch Filozoficzny
Publisher:Polish Philosophical Society
ISSN:0035-9599
ISSN (Online):2545-3173
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Author
First Published:First published in Ruch Filozoficzny 74(3): 23-39
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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