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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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Normative Argumentation

Normative Argumentation

(p.147) 7 Normative Argumentation
Adam Smith's Pluralism

Jack Russell Weinstein

Yale University Press

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.

Keywords:   Aristotle, logic, reasoning, impartial spectator, critical thinking

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