The Theory of Moral Sentiments

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Penguin, Jan 26, 2010 - Philosophy - 528 pages
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 judgement and virtue that have taken on renewed importance in business and politics. 

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Contents

Title Page
OF THE SENSE OF PROPRIETY
OF THE DEGREES OF THE DIFFERENT PASSIONS WHICH
OF THE EFFECTS OF PROSPERITY AND ADVERSITY UPON
OF THE SENSE OF MERIT AND DEMERIT
OF THE INFLUENCE OF FORTUNE UPON THE SENTIMENTS
OF THE FOUNDATION OF OUR JUDGMENTS CONCERNING
Of the Influence and Authority of Conscience
OF THE INFLUENCE OF CUSTOM AND FASHION UPON
OF THE CHARACTER OF VIRTUE
OF SELFCOMMAND
OF THE QUESTIONS WHICH OUGHT TO BE EXAMINED IN A THEORY
OF THE DIFFERENT SYSTEMS WHICH HAVE BEEN FORMED
OF THE MANNER IN WHICH DIFFERENT AUTHORS HAVE TREATED
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Textual Notes

Of the Nature of Selfdeceit and of the Origin and Use
In what cases the Sense of Duty ought to be the sole principle
Of the beauty which the appearance of Utility bestows upon all

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Adam Smith was born in Scotland, in 1723, and received his early education at the local burgh school. He subsequently attended Glasgow University (1737-1740), and Balliol College, Oxford (1740-1746). Two years after his return to Scotland, Smith moved to Edinburgh, where he delivered lectures on Rhetoric. In 1751 Smith was appointed Professor of Logic at Glasgow, but was translated to chair of Moral Philosophy in 1752. The Theory of Moral Sentiments was published in 1759, and The Wealth of Nations in 1776, the same year as the Declaration of Independence.

Amartya Sen is a Nobel Prize-winning economist, known for his work on the way economics affects the well-being of humans. Formerly the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, Sen is now Lamont University Professor at Harvard University, and divides his time between Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Cambridge, England. His books include Development as Freedom, Identity and Violence, and The Idea of Justice.

Ryan Patrick Hanley is the author of Adam Smith and the Character of Virtue. An assistant professor of political science at Marquette University, he has been the recipient of fellowships from the Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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