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Adam Smith's PluralismRationality, Education, and the Moral Sentiments$
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Jack Russell Weinstein

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300162530

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300162530.001.0001

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Progress or Postmodernism?

Progress or Postmodernism?

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(p.239) 11 Progress or Postmodernism?
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Adam Smith's Pluralism
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Jack Russell Weinstein

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300162530.003.0012

This chapter considers the question of progress. The chapter examines Smith's theories amidst the twentieth- and twenty-first-century cultural rejection of the eighteenth-century worldview. Much of his work anticipates contemporary debate about difference in liberal pluralistic societies. The chapter takes a wider view of the project of this book and asks: is it plausible and can we, as twenty-first century theorists, learn anything from Adam Smith as someone who published two and half centuries ago?

Keywords:   progress, contemporary debate, pluralistic societies, Foucault

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