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Another aspect of his writing that stands out is his acknowledgement of reality. This is not to be taken for granted; not long after his death, the flirtation with S ...more
Most people have heard the common defense of capitalism in the Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations:
"It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest."
They assume Smith ...more
I have not read The Wealth of Nations, but I’m currently reading Smith’s earlier book, The Theory of Moral Sentiments.
When people argue about the application of moral values, usually implic ...more
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Theory of Moral Sentiments is very r ...more
For those more interested in a different take on moral philosophy, this book is one of the best books you can read for defining, outlining and arguing for ethics as our sympathy for other peop ...more
Why are we moral? sympathy, envy, virtue, friendship. Why are some people admired? Our undeniable need of acceptance by society. " Is there bigger happinness than to be loved and to know that we deserve this love? is there bigger disgrace than to be ...more
Section 1 - On the sense of propriety
Chapter 1 - Of sympathy
Smith’s begrip van sympathy past beter bij mijn/ons begrip van empathy - het kunnen meevoelen met de blijdschap en het leed van anderen.
Chapter 2 - Of the pleasure of mutual sympathy
Als anderen op eenzelfde manier meeleven als wijzelf geeft dat een intens gevoel van verbondenheid.
Dat anderen meeleven met onze boosheid is belangrijker voor ons dan dat ze meeleven met onze vreugde.
Chapter 3 - Of the mann ...more
One of my favorite bits of advice from the book is we should always try to have the best qualities of both the young and old. We are at our be ...more
It is not the soft power of humanity, it is not that feeble spark of benevolence which Nature has lighted up in the human heart, that it is thus capable of counteracting the strongest impulses of self-love. It is a stronger power, a more forcible motive, which exerts itself upon such occasions. It is reason, pr...more
On this foundation, Smith derives three virtues that promote social order. The first is propriety, which is self-command over the passions. This virtue is based on Smith's observation that, as individuals seek their own freedom, the freedom of one is not more important th ...more
One of the many things I did like however was how many ey ...more
The premise of the book is confusing and bloated at best and nonsensical at worst. Unlike the Wealth of Nations, Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments appears very dated and unnecessary when read today. Either these ideas are so ingrained in public consciousness from a book no one remembers, or Smith is restating the obvious. Technically, there are several philosophical assumptions that Smith makes ...more
Addendum: I'll throw Smith one bone. He brings up some of the puzzles surroundin ...more
What Smith didn't envision is what we are currently faced with, is the same model of self-interest without the empathy. Where is the invisible hand now?
He's partly following in Aristotle's footsteps. Trying to explain how people behave in a systematic way. He's trying to derive a rational system that explains why religious values make sense. He's also a psychologist. He's also a political scientist. My head is swirling. He's trying to do so much!
I kept thinking, as I read, that the founders of the US were coming out of a philosophical gold mine of ideas. The US is a country founde ...more
A Scottish moral philosopher and a pioneer of political economy. One of the key figures of the Scottish Enlightenment, Smith is the author of The Theory of Moral Sentiments and An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. The latter, usually abbreviated as The Wealth of Nat ...more