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Correspondence of Sentiments: An Explanation of the Pleasure of Social Interaction

Robert Sugden

in Economics and Happiness

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780199286287
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603006 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199286280.003.0004
 						Correspondence of Sentiments: An Explanation of the Pleasure of Social Interaction

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This chapter offers an understanding of why the ’right’ kinds of social interaction are an important source of human happiness, while the ’wrong’ kinds generate pain. The idea of correspondence of sentiments, on which the whole argument rests, is an entirely new mechanism designed after a reinterpretation of Adam Smith’s mutual sympathy. It provides the key to a stimulating theory on the pleasure of social interaction.

Keywords: relationality; pleasure; rationality

Chapter.  10316 words. 

Subjects: Economics

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