By Adam Smith,Knud Haakonssen

Adam Smith's conception of ethical Sentiments (1759) lays the root for a normal process of morals, and is a textual content of vital value within the historical past of ethical and political notion. It offers a conception 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. by way of sympathy and the psychological build of an neutral spectator, Smith formulated hugely unique theories of moral sense, ethical judgment and the virtues. the long-lasting legacy of his paintings is its reconstruction of the Enlightenment thought 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 beneficial notes for the coed reader, including a considerable creation that units the paintings in its philosophical and historic context.

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