The Role of Teleology in Adam Smith'sWealth of Nations: A Belated Comment on Kleer

James E. Alvey
2004 History of Economics Review  
Recently in this journal, Richard Kleer discussed the role of teleology in Adam Smith's work (Kleer 2000) 1 . He is one of the leaders of the 'new teleological and theological view' of Smith which contends that Smith's system of thought is founded on a belief in Providential design. This revisionist account opposes the mainstream, secular view of Smith. As Kleer's title indicates, he focuses on the Wealth of Nations (WN hereafter). 2 He shows that the mechanisms underlying
doi:10.1080/18386318.2004.11681195 fatcat:t6sqn6fzmzg7hp6eaifq4kylde