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The Theory of Moral Sentiments (Penguin Classics)

The Theory of Moral Sentiments (Penguin Classics)
Author: Adam Smith
ISBN 13: 9780143105923
ISBN 10: 143105922
Edition: Anv
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 2010-01-26
Format: Paperback
Pages: 528
List Price: $18.00

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.