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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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Education and Social Unity

Education and Social Unity

(p.82) 4 Education and Social Unity
Adam Smith's Pluralism

Jack Russell Weinstein

Yale University Press

Sympathy is built upon the imagination, which is cultivated by education. This chapter looks at what Smith means by education, giving particular attention to the passive cultural elements that inform self-identity and awareness of others. The chapter first looks at the rational process by which a moral spectator enters into the persona of another, particularly those with whom he or she does not share cultural or political commonalities.

Keywords:   sympathy, education, self-identity, awareness of others, rational process, cultural commonalities, political commonalities

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