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Irkutsk State University
Sociology Faculty
ADAM SMITH
Student: Poleh Andrew
Group: 15131
Irkutsk 1999Early LifeThe exact date of Smith’s birthday is unknown, it is reputed that he was born on June 5, 1723, in Kikcaldy, a small (population 1,500) village near Edinburgh. Of Smith’s childhood nothing is known other than that he received his elementary schooling in Kirkcaldy.
At the age of 14, in 1737, Smith entered the university of Glasgow. There, he was deeply influenced by Francis Hutcheson, a famous professor of moral philosophy. In 1740, Smith won a scholarship and travelled on horseback to Oxford, where he stayed at Balliol College. In that time Oxford was one of the bigger education centers in Great Britain. His years there were spent largely in self-education, from which Smith obtained both classical and contemporary philosophy.
Returning to his home after an absence of six years, Smith cast about for suitable employment. The connections of his mother’s family, together with the support of the jurist and philosopher Lord Henry Kames, resulted in an opportunity to give a series of public lectures in Edinburgh.
The lectures, which ranged over a wide variety of subjects from rhetoric history and economics, made a deep impression on some of Smith’s notable contemporaries. They also had a marked influence on Smith’s own career. In 1751, at the age of 27, he was appointed professor of logic at Glasgow, from which post he transferred in 1752 to the more remunerative professorship of moral philosophy, a subject that embraced the related fields of natural theology, ethics, jurisprudence, and political economy.
GlasgowDuring the week he lectured daily from 7:00 to 8:00 am and again thrice weekly from 11 am to noon, to classes



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