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Type: Journal article
Title: On friendship and neccessitudo in Adam Smith
Author: Hill, L.
McCarthy, P.
Citation: History of the Human Sciences, 2004; 17(4):1-16
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Issue Date: 2004
ISSN: 0952-6951
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Lisa Hill and Peter McCarthy
Abstract: Adam Smith (1723–90) provided a novel and subtle account of the new social physics that emerged to accommodate the economic changes taking place in his time. This article explores Smith’s views on the effect of commercialization on friendship, and then questions one prominent interpretation of his approach, that of Allan Silver. Against the contested reading, we argue that the new ‘strangership’ described by Smith is not warm, but rather, cool-friendship enhancing. We suggest that Cicero’s treatment of friendship illuminates Smith’s views on this topic.
Keywords: friendship; impartial spectator; Adam Smith; strangership; sympathy
Description: © 2004 SAGE Publications
RMID: 0020041966
DOI: 10.1177/0952695104048070
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