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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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Finding Rationality in Reason

Finding Rationality in Reason

(p.109) 5 Finding Rationality in Reason
Adam Smith's Pluralism

Jack Russell Weinstein

Yale University Press

Individuals have multiple motivations and they must manage any conflict that ensues from this plurality. They have passions that cannot easily be communicated but have a moral agency that means they need to enter into others's perspectives. Individuals are educated to learn about themselves and others as a way to provoke natural understanding. However, the more passive elements of institutional and social education somehow both impart and cultivate this process. This chapter investigates Smith's theory of rationality. It pays special attention to the relationship between reason and changing conceptions of logic, emphasizing the rationality implicit in the moral sentiments.

Keywords:   conflict, motivations, plurality, rationality, reason, logic, moral sentiments

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