Language, rhetoric, and the communication of ideas. Early writings: science and the role of the imagination. Moral philosophy and civil society: ethics and self-love. Historical theory. Some principles of political economy: Pufendort, Hutcheson, and Adam Smith. The development of a system: Adam Smith and the physiocrats. A conceptual system. The role of the state. Mercantilist policy: the American colonies. David Hume: economic writings. Sir James Steuart: principles of political economy.