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Moral Philosophy and Civil Society: Ethics and Self-Love 

Andrew Stewart Skinner

in A System of Social Science

Second edition

Published in print March 1996 | ISBN: 9780198233343
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191678974 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198233343.003.0004
Moral Philosophy and Civil Society: Ethics and Self-Love 

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There is a certain elegance and ingenuity about the argument of The Theory of Moral Sentiments which is nowhere more obvious than in the way in which Adam Smith made allowances for certain features of the three main types of theory that he reviewed — that is, those that emphasized prudence, benevolence, and propriety. The same features are evident in the way in which he developed concepts, often found in Francis Hutcheson and David Hume, when addressing himself to the question concerning the manner in which moral judgements are formed. This chapter examines Smith's views on virtue, self-love, esteem, honour, approbation, reason, constraint, and sentiment.

Keywords: Adam Smith; prudence; benevolence; propriety; Francis Hutcheson; David Hume; moral judgements; moral philosophy; approbation; self-love

Chapter.  11845 words. 

Subjects: Economic History

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