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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?

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

Jack Russell Weinstein

Yale University Press

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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