In 1740, at the age of 17
Adam Smith won the
scholarship to Oxford
University. He went
from Glasgow to Oxford
on horseback and enrolled
at Balliol College. Smith
very soon realized, that
his move to Oxford was
not a very good idea. Very
few professors actually
lectured and the quality
was generally poor.
Smith according to his habit spent most of the time in library, reading
and learning on his own. Among the books he especially appreciated was
David Hume's "A Treatise of Human Nature". But Hume was regarded
by Oxford administration the wrong philosopher and Smith was almost
expelled for having that book in his room. The conflict with administration
continued when Smith began openly criticize the poor quality of Oxford
education. As a result Smith did not finish his studies, left Oxford and
returned to Edinburgh.





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