Adam Smith - Shubhodeep Mukherji AP Economics 3B Adam Smith...

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Shubhodeep Mukherji AP Economics 3B Adam Smith Adam Smith, considered the father of economics, was born on June 16, 1723 in Kirkcaldy, Scotland. It should be noted that Adam Smith’s “birthday” is actually his baptism day as his birthday is unknown. His early life was marred by tragedy as his father’s life expired two months before he was born. Thus, it was his mother who raised him. This yielded a great devotion to her, as he spent his life living with and caring for her. In fact, he never even married. His formal education began as a fourteen year old when he became a student at the University of Glasgow and studied philosophy under the guidance of Francis Hutcheson. In 1740, he went to study at Baliol College, Oxford. His time spent in England led to his contempt for English teachers and schools. In fact, he left Oxford before his scholarship even ended. He found Oxford to be “intellectually stifling” and considered University of Glasgow as far superior. Thus, he began his teaching career in Glasgow. Smith began delivering lectures in 1748 under the guidance of Lord Kames. One of his topics was rhetoric. Although he was not a good public speaker, his lectures were considered successful. He then began teaching courses in logic and later became the head of Moral Philosophy. In 1760, he was conferred the degree of Doctor of Laws. While at Glasgow, he developed a relationship with David Hume, a philosopher.
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This note was uploaded on 08/03/2011 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor Profeessor during the Spring '11 term at Aachen University of Applied Sciences.

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