By Adam Smith,Knud Haakonssen

Adam Smith's concept of ethical Sentiments (1759) lays the root for a basic process of morals, and is a textual content of primary significance within the historical past of ethical and political proposal. It offers a idea of the mind's eye which Smith derived from David Hume yet which encompasses an idea of sympathy that during many ways is extra subtle than something in Hume's philosophy. via sympathy and the psychological build of an neutral spectator, Smith formulated hugely unique theories of judgment of right and wrong, ethical judgment and the virtues. the long-lasting legacy of his paintings is its reconstruction of the Enlightenment inspiration of an ethical, or social, technological know-how encompassing either political financial system and the speculation of legislations and govt. This 2002 quantity bargains a brand new variation of the textual content with transparent and necessary notes for the scholar reader, including a considerable creation that units the paintings in its philosophical and historic context.

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