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The Theory of Moral Sentiments (Dover Philosophical Classics)

The Theory of Moral Sentiments (Dover Philosophical Classics)
Author: Adam Smith
ISBN 13: 9780486452913
ISBN 10: 486452913
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication Date: 2006-12-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
List Price: $12.95

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.