Liberty and the Rhetoric of Adam Smith

Smith's Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres paired with Shaftesbury, Swift, and Johnson

READING LIST



Session I: Style and Character


·      Smith, Adam. Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres. Edited by J. C. Bryce. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1985.  Lectures 2 and 5-11.  Page(s): 3-8 and 21-61.



Session II: The Rhetoric of Swift and Shaftesbury


·      Cooper, Anthony Ashley, , Third Earl of Shaftesbury. Characteristicks of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times, Volume I. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2001.  "A Letter Concerning Enthusiasm".  Page(s): 3-36.


·      Swift, Jonathan. The Basic Writings of Jonathan Swift. Edited by Claude Rawson. New York: The Modern Library, 2002.  "A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of the Poor People in Ireland, from being a Burden to their Parents or Country; and for making them beneficial to the Public".  Page(s): 345-354.



Session III: Elements of Narrative


·      Smith, Adam. Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres. Edited by J. C. Bryce. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1985.  Lectures 12-13 and 15-20.  Page(s): 62-72 and 78-116.



Session IV: Poets and Other Prevaricators


·      Smith, Adam. Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres. Edited by J. C. Bryce. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1985.  Lectures 21-23.  Page(s): 117-141.



Session V: Questions of Language


·      Smith, Adam. Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres. Edited by J. C. Bryce. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1985.  "Considerations Concerning the First Formation of Languages".  Page(s): 203-226.


·      Smith, Adam. Essays on Philosophical Subjects. Edited by W. P. D. Wightman and J. C. Bryce. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1982.  "Review of Johnson's Dictionary".  Page(s): 232-241.


·      Johnson, Samuel. A Dictionary of the English Language: An Anthology. Edited by David Crystal. London: Penguin Books, 2005.  "The Preface".  Page(s): 21-41.


·      Smith, Adam. Correspondence of Adam Smith. Edited by E. C. Mossner and J. S. Ross. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1987.  "To George Baird".  Page(s): 87-88.



Session VI: Oratory and Orators


·      Smith, Adam. Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres. Edited by J. C. Bryce. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1985.  Lectures 24-30.  Page(s): 142-200.