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" The difference of natural talents in different men is, in reality, much less than we are aware of ; and the very different genius which appears to distinguish men of different professions, when grown up to maturity, is not upon many occasions so much... "
The Bourgeois Virtues: Ethics for an Age of Commerce - Página 120
por Deirdre Nansen McCloskey - 2010 - 634 páginas
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A Veblen Treasury: From Leisure Class to War, Peace, and Capitalism

Thorstein Veblen, Rick Tilman - 1993 - 402 páginas
...produce of its industry, or, rather, is precisely the same thing with that exchangeable value." 1 9. "The difference of natural talents in different men is in reality much less than we are aware of." Wealth of Nations, Book I, ch. ii. 20. "Mit diesen philosophischen Ueberzeugungen tritt nun Adam Smith...
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Profits, Priests, and Princes: Adam Smith?s Emancipation of Economics from ...

Peter Minowitz - 1993 - 345 páginas
...philosopher's "vanity" makes him skeptical. Smith explains this to vindicate the more general proposition that the "difference of natural talents in different men is, in reality, much less than we are aware of" ( WN I.ii.4). This is as strong an argument for natural equality as appears in The Wealth of Nations.12...
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Liberalism and the Economic Order

Ellen Frankel Paul, Fred D. Miller, Jr, Jeffrey Paul - 1993 - 319 páginas
...reflected in the ability of individuals to kill one another. Adam Smith makes a more radical claim: "The difference of natural talents in different men is, in reality, much less than we are aware of; and the very different genius which appears to distinguish men of different professions, when grown...
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History and Historians of Political Economy

Werner Stark - 1994 - 295 páginas
...affirmative. "The difference of natural talents in different men," he says (1904: 17 [1976b: 28-29]), "is, in reality, much less than we are aware of. ......between ... a philosopher and a common street porter . . . seems to arise not so much from nature, as from habit, custom, and education. When they came...
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History of the Idea of Progress

Robert A. Nisbet - 1980 - 370 páginas
...interesting to note that Smith sees a strong and pervasive equality of talents among human beings. "The difference of natural talents in different men is, in reality, much less than we are aware of." It is "habit, custom, and education" which account for the major differences. What does bring about...
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Adam Smith and the Philosophy of Law and Economics

R.P. Malloy, J. Evensky - 1994 - 250 páginas
...and not our nature that accounts for most of the variation that emerges as we grow into adulthood: The difference of natural talents in different men is, in reality, much less than we are aware of; and the very different genius which appears to distinguish men of different professions, when grown...
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Adam Smith: Critical Assessments, Volumen3

John Cunningham Wood - 1993 - 639 páginas
...talents" argument. No sooner had Smith introduced the idea, in the passages cited above, than he adds that "the difference of natural talents in different men is, in reality, much less than we are aware of."19 This applied even to philosophers, a class designated for rule in Plato's Republic because of...
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The Bell Curve Wars: Race, Intelligence, and the Future of America

Steven Fraser - 2008 - 352 páginas
...were essentially like other people, save for a verbal veneer. Hence this passage in Wealth of Nations: The difference of natural talents in different men...less than we are aware of. ... The difference between the most dissimilar characters, between a philosopher and a street porter, for example, seems to arise...
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Work and Welfare: The Social Costs of Labor in the History of Economic Thought

Donald Stabile - 1996 - 224 páginas
...workers, because he felt that differences in income depended on opportunity and not talent. In his view, "The difference of natural talents in different men is, in reality, much less than we are aware of." As he wryly put it, "By nature a philosopher is not in genius and disposition half so different from...
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Reflections on Commercial Life: An Anthology of Classic Texts from Plato to ...

Patrick Murray - 1997 - 510 páginas
...bring to perfection whatever talent or genius he may possess for that particular species of business. The difference of natural talents in different men is, in reality, much less than we are aware of; and the very different genius which appears to distinguish men of different professions, when grown...
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