Saints and Society in Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments: The Influence of Religion and Community on Individual Morality.

Moore, Victoria L.


  • Smith’s moral theory in The Theory of Moral Sentiments is comprehensive and occasionally ambiguous. Smith at one points says that he is focused on “matters of fact” not “matters of right” (II.i.5.10), while at others moments he concludes that the impartial spectator is “reason, principle, conscience…the great judge and arbiter of our conduct” (III.i.46) and therefore appears to imply that the ... read more
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