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The Good Order of Nature: Progress and Criticism in Adam Smith's Sociology of Modernity
The good order of nature: Progress and criticism in Adam Smith's sociology of modernity

For to what purpose is all the toil and bustle of this world? Is it to supply the necessities of nature? The wages of the meanest labourer can supply them … If we examine his oeconomy with rigour, we should find that he spends a great part of them upon conveniences which may be regarded as super fluidities, and that, upon extraordinary occasions, he can give something even to vanity and distinction.

(AdamSmith, 1790)
Progress towards What?

Are natural lifestyles possible? Is there a natural order of society? To anyone with the slightest familiarity with established sociological theory, even to ask ...

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