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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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Mediating Terminology and Textual Complexity

Mediating Terminology and Textual Complexity

(p.21) 1 Mediating Terminology and Textual Complexity
Adam Smith's Pluralism

Jack Russell Weinstein

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the literary complexity in this book's project and Smith's. The first section looks at the difficulties of using the contemporary language of pluralism to analyze an eighteenth-century text. It looks at the manner in which Smith might be said to postulate pluralism and begin to unravel its relationship with rationality. The second section shows that these types of literary tensions were not uncommon in Smith's times. The chapter aims to show that the debate between Mandeville and Smith was one about the place of rationality in negotiating human motivation.

Keywords:   pluralism, rationality, literary tensions, Manderville, human motivation

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