This chapter looks back at what has so far been argued in this book, namely that Smith moves from Aristotelian and analytic models of logic and reasoning to a more rhetorical approach. The chapter then looks at two examples to support the argument that sympathy is itself a rational process by which individuals create a soothing narrative that helps define justified inference. The first shows how the impartial spectator and Smith's theory of price encapsulate normative judgment. The second modernizes Smith's language to show that this method prefigures and fits well into contemporary debates about the nature of argumentation, informal logic, and critical thinking.
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