An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations:
Author: Adam Smith (1723-1790)
- British philosopher and key member of the Scottish Enlightenment period; the “father of modern economics”; lots of higher education at the University of Glasgow and Oxford (although he preferred to study on his own when at Oxford).
- Born into a relatively well-off family; father worked for the government; Smith was able to attend a relatively prestigious school.
- Close relationship with David Hume, a fellow Scottish intellectual
- The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759) made Adam Smith well known in his area
- Gets him a tutoring job with a young Duke
- Tutoring job enabled Smith to travel and meet various intellectual greats in the areas he traveled to
- One of which was Turgot!