Adam Smith and the Circles of Sympathy: Cosmopolitanism and Moral Theory

Adam Smith and the Circles of Sympathy: Cosmopolitanism and Moral Theory

by Fonna Forman-Barzilai

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Adam Smith and the Circles of Sympathy: Cosmopolitanism and Moral Theory by Fonna Forman-Barzilai

This 2010 text pursues Adam Smith's views on moral judgement, humanitarian care, commerce, justice and international law both in historical context and through a twenty-first-century cosmopolitan lens, making this a major contribution not only to Smith studies but also to the history of cosmopolitan thought and to contemporary cosmopolitan discourse itself. Forman-Barzilai breaks ground, demonstrating the spatial texture of Smith's moral psychology and the ways he believed that physical, affective and cultural distance constrain the identities, connections and ethical obligations of modern commercial people. Forman-Barzilai emphasizes his resistance to the sort of relativism, moral insularity and cultural chauvinism that too often accompany localist critiques of cosmopolitan thought today. This is a fascinating, revisionist study that integrates the perspectives of intellectual history, moral philosophy, political theory, cultural theory, international relations theory and political economy, and will appeal across the humanities and social sciences.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780511739606
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/30/2010
Series: Ideas in Context , #96
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 514 KB

About the Author

Fonna Forman-Barzilai is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego, where she teaches political theory and the history of modern thought.

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