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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2018-19

REL 74.13 Religion and the Rise of Capitalism

One of the most influential theorists of early capitalism, Adam Smith, hailed from Scotland and even delivered a series of important early lectures at Edinburgh. Smith was just one of a cadre of thinkers, many associated with the Scottish Enlightenment, who formulated new ideas of a market society. Smith and these other thinkers often wrote in explicit conversation with theological debates about divine providence and God's management of the cosmos. Religion, it appears, was a major factor motivating such new thought. This class delves into early philosophical, theological, and religious conversations that were central to the new theories of commercial society that became the seedbed of capitalism. We consider thinkers such as Smith, Mandeville, Hume, Hobbes, and Nicole, among others.



Distributive and/or World Culture


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