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The Theory of Moral Sentiments (Philosophical Classics)

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The foundation for a general system of morals, this 1749 work is a landmark in the history of moral and political thought. Readers familiar with Adam Smith from The Wealth of Nations will find this earlier book a revelation. Although the author is often misrepresented as a calculating rationalist who advises the pursuit of self-interest in the marketplace, regardless of the human cost, he was also interested in the human capacity for benevolence and#8212; as The Theory of Moral Sentiments amply demonstrates.

The greatest prudence, Smith suggests, may lie in following economic self-interestand#160;in order to secure the basic necessities. This is only the first step, however, toward the much higher goal of achieving a morally virtuous life. Smith elaborates upon a theory of the imagination inspired by the philosophy of David Hume. His reasoning takes Hume's logic a step further by proposing a more sophisticated notion of sympathy, leading to a series of highly original theories involving conscience, moral judgment, and virtue.

Smith's legacy consists of his reconstruction of the Enlightenment idea of a moral, or social, science that embraces both political economy and the theory of law and government. His articulate expression of his philosophy continues to inspire and challenge modern readers.

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What can he added to the happiness of the man who is in health, who is out of debt, and has a clear conscience? To one in this situation, all accessions of fortune may properly be said to be superfluous; and if he is much elevated upon account of them, it must be the effect of the most frivolous levity. This situation, however, may very well be called the natural and ordinary state of mankind.

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This 1749 work features highly original theories of conscience, moral judgment, and virtue. It reconstructs the Enlightenment concept of social science, embracing both political economy and theories of law and government.

Synopsis:

This 1749 work features highly original theories of conscience, moral judgment, and virtue. It reconstructs the Enlightenment concept of social science, embracing both political economy and theories of law and government.

Table of Contents

PART I: of the propriety of action, consisting of three sections

SECTION I: Of the sense of propriety

SECTION II: Of the degrees of the different passions which are consistent with propriety

SECTION III: Of the effects of prosperity and adversity upon the judgment of mankind with regard to the propriety of action; and why it is more easy to obtain their approbation in the one state than in the other

PART II: of merit and demerit; or, of the objects of reward and punishment; consisting of three sections

SECTION I: Of the sense of merit and demerit

SECTION II: Of justice and beneficence

SECTION III: Of the influence of fortune upon the sentiments of mankind, with regard to the merit or demerit of actions

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 consisting of one section

PART V: of the influence of custom and fashion upon the sentiments of moral approbation and disapprobation consisting of one section

PART VI: of the character of virtue consisting of three sections

SECTION I: Of the character of the individual, so far as it affects his own happiness; or of prudence

SECTION II: Of the character of the individual, so far as it can affect the happiness of other people

SECTION III: Of self-command

PART VII: of systems of moral philosophy: consisting of four sections

SECTION I: Of the questions which ought to be examined in a theory of moral sentiments

SECTION II: Of the different accounts which have been given of the nature of virtue

SECTION III: Of the different systems which have been formed concerning the principle of approbation

SECTION IV: Of the manner in which different authors have treated of the practical rules of morality

Endnotes

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486452913
Author:
Smith, Adam
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Ethics
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Philosophy | Ethics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Philosophical Classics
Publication Date:
20061231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.19 in 0.72 lb

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"Synopsis" by , What can he added to the happiness of the man who is in health, who is out of debt, and has a clear conscience? To one in this situation, all accessions of fortune may properly be said to be superfluous; and if he is much elevated upon account of them, it must be the effect of the most frivolous levity. This situation, however, may very well be called the natural and ordinary state of mankind.
"Synopsis" by ,
This 1749 work features highly original theories of conscience, moral judgment, and virtue. It reconstructs the Enlightenment concept of social science, embracing both political economy and theories of law and government.

"Synopsis" by ,
This 1749 work features highly original theories of conscience, moral judgment, and virtue. It reconstructs the Enlightenment concept of social science, embracing both political economy and theories of law and government.

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