Volume 32, Issue 1, 2022
Do We Need a New Enlightenment for the Twenty-First Century? Part III
David Bevan, Patricia Werhane
Adam Smith, the Enlightenment, and His Relevance for the 21st Century
In this article we reconsider strands of Adam Smith’s contribution to the project of the Enlightenment. Many of these, as we shall identify, remain poignant, and valuable observations for the twenty-first century. This sampled reconsideration touches both on (i) how Smith is identified, as well as occasionally misread, as an Enlightenment philosopher/economist; and (ii) the extent to which t/his enlightenment survives.