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James R. Otteson
University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0001)
Protagoras Resurrected: Moral Theory in the Scottish Enlightenment

I plan to use the stipend to fund work on my book, Protagoras Resurrected: Moral Theory in the Scottish Enlightenment. In my book Adam Smith’s Marketplace of Life (Cambridge University Press, 2002), I argue that Smith develops a market-style model for understanding the creation, growth, and maintenance of large-scale human social institutions. Others working in the same veins include notably David Hume, Adam Ferguson, John Millar, and Dugald Stewart. In Protagoras Resurrected I propose to look at the work of these figures to see exactly what their explanations for social institutions were, in what ways they used market-style explanations, and what exactly these models were intended to explain.

Project fields:
History of Philosophy

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2003 – 7/31/2003