The Theory of Moral Sentiments

The Theory of Moral Sentiments

by Adam Smith
     
 

Invoked today as the father of economic liberalism, Adam Smith derives political order, social conformity, economic progress, and moral behavior from the network of sympathetic relationships binding individuals to one another. Drawing on the work of Frances Hutcheson and David Hume, Smith makes an original contribution to the empiricist tradition within ethics by… See more details below

Overview

Invoked today as the father of economic liberalism, Adam Smith derives political order, social conformity, economic progress, and moral behavior from the network of sympathetic relationships binding individuals to one another. Drawing on the work of Frances Hutcheson and David Hume, Smith makes an original contribution to the empiricist tradition within ethics by elaborating notions of imaginative sympathy and the impartial spectator. In addition to the merit of its arguments, The Theory of Moral Sentiments is a fascinating window on eighteenth-century Scottish thought and society, and it invites the reader to reflect upon his or her own feelings and conduct towards others.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607962069
Publisher:
Beta Nu Publishing
Publication date:
01/11/2010
Pages:
180
Sales rank:
1,456,982
Product dimensions:
8.27(w) x 11.69(h) x 0.38(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Of the Propriety of Action; Part II. Of Merit and Demerit; or of the Objects of Reward and Punishment; Part III. Of the Foundation of our Judgments Concerning our Own Sentiments and Conduct, and of the Sense of Duty; Part IV. Of the Effect of Utility upon the Sentiment of Approbation; Part V. Of the Influence of Custom and Fashion upon the Sentiments of Moral Approbation and Disapprobation; Part VI. Of the Character of Virtue; Part VII. Of Systems of Moral Philosophy.

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