Moral Philosophy and the Modern World

Moral Philosophy and the Modern World

Whose Keeper? Social Science and Moral Obligation
by Alan Wolfe
University of California Press, 1989, 371 pp., $25.00

 

Adam Smith became professor of moral philosophy at the University of Glasgow in 1752. To hold such a professorship in that time and place was to be recognized as a chief spokesperson for enlightened Scottish culture as a whole. His responsibility, along with that of his counterpart at Edinburgh, was to articulate his society’s self-understanding, in lectures and published writings, thereby shaping the ou13tlook of the entire student body as well as tutoring the educated public at large. As Alan Wolfe points out, Smith wa...