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Research Article

Andrew Skinner, the Glasgow Edition, and Adam Smith

Jeffrey T. Younga1

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I have been asked to write a memorial article on Andrew Skinner to recount and celebrate his contributions to our subdiscipline. I am honored to do so. I first met Andrew at the ESHET meetings in 1998, which were held at the University of Bologna. However, I got to know him, and his gracious wife, Mary, quite well during a sabbatical semester I spent under his sponsorship (and guidance) at Glasgow University in 2001. While Andrew is best known to me for his editorial and scholarly work on Adam Smith, he was equally involved in work on Sir James Steuart, and he had a passionate side-interest in Edward Chamberlin and the theory of monopolistic competition.

Moreover, he was no doubt the leading scholar on the economic thought of the Scottish Enlightenment as a whole. In particular, Andrew was strongly attracted to Sir James Steuart. Beginning with his B. Litt thesis written under Ronald Meek and running throughout his life, Andrew continued to be fascinated by this neglected, and he thought seriously under-rated, contemporary of Smith. However, despite Andrew’s attempts to revive interest in Steuart, the fact remains that Smith eclipsed Steuart, and Andrew will probably be remembered more for his work on the Glasgow Edition of the Works and Correspondence of Adam Smith (hereinafter referred to as simply the Glasgow Edition), and for the papers on Smith this work stimulated. It is in this capacity that I want to pay tribute to Andrew’s contributions. I have divided my remarks into three sections: a short biography, an account of the Glasgow Edition, and Andrew’s work on Smith.

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