The Theory of Moral Sentiments

The Theory of Moral Sentiments

Book - 2009 | 250th anniversary ed.
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Best known for his revolutionary free-market economics treatise The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith was first and foremost a moral philosopher. In his first book, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, he investigated the flip side of economic self-interest: the interest of the greater good. Smith's classic work advances ideas about conscience, moral judgment, and virtue that have taken on renewed importance in business and politics.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 2009.
Edition: 250th anniversary ed.
ISBN: 9781448719945
1448719941
9780143105923
0143105922
Characteristics: xxxii, 494 pages ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Hanley, Ryan Patrick 1974-
Contents: Of the propriety of action
Of merit and demerit, or, Of the objects of reward and punishment
Of the foundation of our judgments concerning our own sentiments and conduct, and of the sense of duty
Of the effect of utility upon the sentiment of approbation
Of the influence of custom and fashion upon the sentiments of moral approbation and disapprobation
Of the character of virtue
Of systems of moral philosophy
Considerations concerning the first formation of languages.
Summary: Best known for his revolutionary free-market economics treatise The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith was first and foremost a moral philosopher. In his first book, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, he investigated the flip side of economic self-interest: the interest of the greater good. Smith's classic work advances ideas about conscience, moral judgment, and virtue that have taken on renewed importance in business and politics.

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