Adam Smith Bibliography

Lectures on Rhetoric 1748
Unpublished Lectures delivered from 1748-63.
The Theory of Moral Sentiments 1759
Translated into French in 1798 by Condorcet’s wife, Sophie de Grouchy (a sister of Emmanuel de Grouchy, the future marshal), with her own Huit lettres sur la sympathie as an appendix.

“The man who acts according to the rules of perfect prudence, of strict justice, and of proper benevolence, may be said to be perfectly virtuous. But the most perfect knowledge of those rules will not alone enable him to act in this manner; his own passions are very apt to mislead him - sometimes to drive him, and sometimes to seduce him, to violate all the rules which he himself, in all his sober and cool hours, approves of.”
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations 1776
Published in March, a second edition appeared within two years and the fifth edition, the last during Smith’s lifetime, appeared in 1789.

“Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism, but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice; all the rest being brought about by the natural course of things. All governments which thwart this natural course, which force things into another channel or which endeavour to arrest the progress of society at a particular point, are unnatural, and to support themselves are obliged to be oppressive and tyrannical.” (Introduction)
Of the Imitative Arts 1795
Essays on Philosophical Subjects.... to which is prefixed, an Account of the Life and Writings of the Author by Dugald Stewart 1795