12 February 2015

How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness by Russ Roberts [2014]

A great book by Russ Roberts, who produces the superlative Econtalk podcast.  The book is   essentially a guide to Adam Smith's 1759 book The Theory of Moral Sentiments.  It's a brilliant book and the salient line that stays with me several weeks later is Smith's quote:

"Man naturally desires, not only to be loved, but to be lovely"

By 'lovely' he means worthy of being loved and respected (amongst other things).  This is the crux of Roberts' book and he uses it dismantle the simplistic view of Smith as a coldblooded capitalist motivated only by profit.

A fantastic book which I will re-read.

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