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Adam Smith's PluralismRationality, Education, and the Moral Sentiments$

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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(p.vii) Epigraph

(p.vii) Epigraph

Adam Smith's Pluralism
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  • so many selves(so many fiends and gods
  • each greedier than every) is a man
  • (so easily one in another hides;
  • yet man can, being all, escape from none)
  • so huge a tumult is the simplest wish:
  • so pitiless a massacre the hope
  • most innocent(so deep's the mind of flesh
  • and so awake what waking calls asleep)
  • so never is most lonely man alone
  • (his briefest breathing lives some planet's year,
  • his longest life's a heartbeat of some sun;
  • his least unmotion roams the youngest star)
  • — how should a fool that calls him ‘I’ presume
  • to comprehend not numerable whom?
  •                        —e e cummings

Men of principle? Stalin, Hitler, these are men of principle. Give me a man who wants a little sex and a little money, and we'll be alright.

                   —Stanley Helms Kelley