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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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One System, Many Motivations

One System, Many Motivations

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Adam Smith's Pluralism

Jack Russell Weinstein

Yale University Press

The Theory of Moral Sentiments complementarily countered Mandeville's moral claims that virtue is the product of political manipulation, but for this, Smith also needed Shaftesbury's and Hutcheson's discourses. This chapter develops the notion that a key ingredient for Smith's rationality comes from Shaftesbury's account of the soliloquy. This, blended with Hutcheson's multiple inborn senses, evolves into Smithian sympathy and his conception of the impartial spectator.

Keywords:   Manderville, Shaftesbury, Hutcheson, impartial spectator, rationality

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