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Adam Smith's PluralismRationality, Education, and the Moral Sentiments$
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Jack Russell Weinstein

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300162530

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300162530.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Adam Smith's Pluralism

Jack Russell Weinstein

Yale University Press

The Introduction ponders how important Adam Smith's early experience of being kidnapped by gypsies as a child was for shaping his thinking. It outlines the purpose of this book, which is partly to describe the Smith that often gets forgotten: the systematic philosopher whose first loyalties were to his theory of moral sentiments; the teacher who cared for young learners and was fascinated by the extent human behavior is governed by natural laws; and the devoted fellow of the Scottish Enlightenment.

Keywords:   kidnapping, gypsies, moral sentiments, natural laws, Scottish Enlightenment

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