la Società Degli Individui 8 (24):17-32 (2005)

I argue that Adam Smith, far from being a utilitarian as claimed by Alain Caillé, was instead a semi-sceptical philosopher who defended a pluralistic normative ethics of prudence, justice, benevolence, and, far from being the founder of the science of a system self-produced by the interaction of individual self-interests, was a sharp critic of the practices of the commercial society of his time in the name of liberty, justice, and equality. In a word, was from being the putative father of Capitalism, Adam Smith was the father o a liberal left and a forefather of the present-day critics of globalization
Keywords utilitarianism  homo economicus  self-interest  Caillé, Alain
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