Adam Smith Assembly: His Visit To The Future (Written As If The Writer Is Adam Smith)

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Adam Smith Assembly: His Visit to the Future Hello. For those of you who do not know me, I am Adam Smith, the economist, and philosopher. I would like to start by saying how much this means to me to be here in (name of your school) speaking to you all. Although my time is limited, I will try to cover the most important parts of my existence. I suppose I will tell you about my life, my famous books, and my contribution to philosophy. I was born in 1723, in a town called Kirkaldy, Fife, Scotland. I can not tell you the exact date of my birth because I was too young to remember. I do know, however, that my priest baptized me on June 5, 1723. Most of my childhood was a bore. I spent my days going to school and working on pointless reports. When I was finally finished with school, I was ready to move on to big things. ("Adam Smith" Encyclopedia of Philosophy) In 1752, I was chosen to be Professor of Logic at Glasgow University where I then "[transferred] to the chair of moral philosophy" (Lucid). I worked as a professor for about twenty-five years. During this time I published my first book, Theory of Moral Sentiments, a book about " [the] standards of ethical conduct that hold society together" (Lucid). I moved to London in 1776 where I wrote The Wealth of Nations. Nothing spectacular happened right after I published the book. Two years later I was appointed commissioner of customs in Edinburgh, Scotland. During this time, I devoted much of my income to numerous, but secret, acts of charity. (Honderich, Ted) During my life, as I mentioned before, I wrote two books, Theory of Moral Sentiments, and The wealth of Nations. Not many people read them, well, not while I am alive anyway. Some say that my books "occasionally glint with wry wit,"(New Criterion) but for the most part are very dull and boring. Then again now that I think about it, I "[seem] to have been a singularly unamusing man"(New Criterion). Anyway, in The Wealth of Nations, the people down at Cyberpoint Limited say I: Laid the intellectual framework that explained the free market and still holds true today. [The book] most often recognized for the expression "the invisible hand," which [I] used to demonstrate how self-interest guides the most efficient use of resources in a nation's economy, with public welfare coming as a by-product. To underscore [my] laissez-faire convictions, [I] argued that state and personal efforts, to promote social good, are ineffectual compared to unbridled market forces.They are correct, but my original concern was the British government, not the United States. I wrote my other book, Theory of Moral Sentiments in 1759. In this book, I give an analysis of various feelings and psychological dispositions relating to morality, an account that I invite readers to test against their own experience of these feelings. In another way, the book is also about ethics, since I regard the moral sentiments as the best...

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