The Introduction ponders how important Adam Smith's early experience of being kidnapped by gypsies as a child was for shaping his thinking. It outlines the purpose of this book, which is partly to describe the Smith that often gets forgotten: the systematic philosopher whose first loyalties were to his theory of moral sentiments; the teacher who cared for young learners and was fascinated by the extent human behavior is governed by natural laws; and the devoted fellow of the Scottish Enlightenment.
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