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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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Reason and the Sentiments

Reason and the Sentiments

(p.129) 6 Reason and the Sentiments
Adam Smith's Pluralism

Jack Russell Weinstein

Yale University Press

Thinkers of the eighteenth century withdrew from Aristotelian formal logic. Smith himself needed something to replace this Aristotelian model of reasoning, especially since Hobbesian linear rationality proved to be inadequate for his needs. This chapter examines his alternative, arguing not simply that rhetoric is in itself a component of reasoning but that there is more. Smith did not completely reject Aristotle's logic, he only shifted its importance and limited its role.

Keywords:   Aristotle, logic, Hobbes, rhetoric, reasoning

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