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Interpreting Adam Smith's Views on the Education of the Poor in the Age of Benevolence

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dc.contributor.advisor Klein, Daniel B DRYLIE, Scott
dc.creator DRYLIE, Scott 2017-01-29T01:13:04Z 2017-01-29T01:13:04Z 2016
dc.description.abstract This dissertation provides an interpretation of Adam Smith’s article “Of the Expence of the Institutions for the Education of Youth” by placing it in the historical context of the great flourishing of charity that occurred in 18th century Britain. The common interpretation of the article from Book V of The Wealth of Nations is that Smith advocated for government to partially subsidize education for the poor. The moral degradation resulting from the division of labor required a remedy. However, the presence of a growing tradition of charity schooling in an age of increasing wealth provokes the question of why Smith, who is attentive to and appreciative of benevolence and who is critical of government, would abandon charity when it seemed most promising.
dc.format.extent 253 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2016 Scott DRYLIE
dc.subject Economic history en_US
dc.subject Education history en_US
dc.subject Philosophy en_US
dc.subject Adam Smith en_US
dc.subject Britain en_US
dc.subject Charity Schools en_US
dc.subject Education en_US
dc.subject History of Thought en_US
dc.subject Scotland en_US
dc.title Interpreting Adam Smith's Views on the Education of the Poor in the Age of Benevolence
dc.type Dissertation Ph.D. Economics George Mason University

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