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|Title:||On friendship and neccessitudo in Adam Smith|
|Citation:||History of the Human Sciences, 2004; 17(4):1-16|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd|
|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|
|Appears in Collections:||Politics publications|
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