Adam Smith Statue
Parliament Square, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Adam Smith Statue Edinburgh Reviews
Adam Smith Statue – founder of modern economics May 30, 2013
Along the Royal Mile in Edinburg is several statues – one of them is of Adam Smith. It is standing next to the road at the pedestrian street and it is just one among several statues along the road. It may not be the most prominent of the statues – but heck I give it a five star rating as a definite must see sight since it is possibly the only major statue of an economist anywhere in the world.
But then again Adam Smith isn’t your average economist. He was part of the Scottish enlightenment movement in the later part of the 18th century during which he wrote several influential books including his first claim to fame as a philosopher “The Theory of Moral Sentiments” in 1759. With this book alone Adam Smith would have secured himself a spot as one of the important members of the Scottish enlightenment movement and it secured himself financially by giving him a good teaching position and the ability to travel and get new ideas within the area of political and economic philosophy. Smith himself considered this his best work of his career – though the rest of the world might disagree.
Since his most influential work is by far the book: ”An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations” from 1776. This book was the first within the field of modern economics – and it has influenced pretty much every economist since the publication in one way or another. So a well-deserved honor for a man who did most of his works at the University in Glasgow but did die in Edinburg.
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