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Author: Adam Smith
ISBN13: 978-1619491281
Title: The Theory of Moral Sentiments
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Language: English
Category: Economics
Publisher: Economic Classics (EMP) (December 17, 2011)
Pages: 312

The Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith

The Theory of Moral Sentiments is a 1759 book by Adam Smith. It provided the ethical, philosophical, psychological, and methodological underpinnings to Smith's later works, including The Wealth of Nations (1776), Essays on Philosophical Subjects (1795), and Lectures on Justice, Police, Revenue, and Arms (1763) (first published in 1896)

The Theory of Moral Sentiments. 13 We sympathize even with the dead, and overlooking what is of real importance in their situation, that awful futurity which awaits them, we are chiey aected by those circumstances which strike our senses, but can have no inuence upon their happiness.

The Theory of Moral Sentiments. The Wealth of Nations. Partnered Conferences. That requires self-command, and in this lies true virtue. The argument of the book. Morality, says Smith, is not something we have to calculate. It is natural, built into us as social beings. Smith ends The Theory Of Moral Sentiments by defining the character of a truly virtuous person. Prudence moderates the individual’s excesses and as such is important for society.

byAdam Smith, Friedrich A. Hayek, David Hume. The foundation for a general system of morals, this 1749 work is a landmark in the history of moral and political thought. Readers familiar with Adam Smith from The Wealth of Nations will find this earlier book a revelation The Theory of Moral Sentiments book.

a) Adam Smith’s lectures on ethics The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Adam Smith’s first book, was published in 1759 during his tenure of the Chair of Moral Philosophy at the University of Glasgow. Smith left Glasgow at the beginning of 1764. The original work arose from Smith’s lectures to students.

To gain a complete picture of Adam Smith and his ideas, every reader of "The Wealth of Nations" should also become familiar with his classic treatment of ethics. Скачать (pdf, . 0 Mb) Читать. Epub FB2 mobi txt RTF. Конвертация файла может нарушить форматирование оригинала. По-возможности скачивайте файл в оригинальном формате.

Adam Smith considered his first major book, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, his most important work. Indeed, the tome was a wild success upon its publication, selling out immediately. It has not lost popularity since. In this legendary work, Smith discusses the nature of morality, and the motives behind and origins of these sentiments. Originally published in 1759, this work provides the philosophical underpinnings for his later works, as well as elucidating the psychological and moral foundations of the workings of a complex society

This may be a part of the story, Smith says, but isn’t all of it. Now let him take over:] When we have read a book or poem so often that we can no longer enjoy reading it by ourselves, we can still take pleasure in reading it to a companion. To him it has all the graces of novelty; we enter into the surprise and admiration that it naturally arouses in him but can no longer arouse in us; we consider the ideas that it presents in the light in which they appear to him rather than in the light in which they appear to ourselves, and we enjoy by sympathy his enjoyment

Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759) lays the foundation for a general system of morals, and is a text of central importance in the history of moral and political thought. It presents a theory of the imagination which Smith derived from David Hume but which encompasses an idea of sympathy that in some ways is more sophisticated than anything in Hume's philosophy. By means of sympathy and the mental construct of an impartial spectator, Smith formulated highly original theories of conscience, moral judgment and the virtues

Man’s moral nature is influenced by sentiment and sympathy. The human ability to sympathize forms the psychological basis of man’s desire to adhere to natural moral laws. Adam Smith explores ideas about individual freedom and self-interest, conscience and virtue, and a classic work of moral philosophy that remains relevant.
Reviews: 7
This publication is misleading: not what it is advertised to be...this is only a small part of the entire text by Adam Smith, in fact, just the first section in a nice binding. If you want the entire text, don't buy this rip-off; go on line and print out the entire text content free. I thought a nice bound copy oif this out of print classic work would be nice. Instead, I paid for only 56 pages of a 400+ page work. This product should be a great embarrassment to AMAZON for facilitating its false marketing and distribution.
As so many people say "How can I give it zero stars?"

Note that this is a review of the "Kessinger Publishing, LLC" product and NOT a review of Smith's original work.

The Kessinger "book" is a bad reprint of a couple of chapters of Smith's entire "The Theory of Moral Sentiments" and runs less than their stated 60 pages.

For half the price, you can get a brand new complete printed copy (running several hundred pages) or get the whole thing on Kindle for 99 cents.

Kessinger's description that talks about "our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work" is laughable and insulting.

Their market surely must be people who don't know any better. And surely the positive reviewers received a completely different edition from another publisher!

Please remove this edition from Amazon.
There are two aspects in this review. One is about the book and the other about Amazon's contribution to the Revolution in Reading.
First of all the book. I am reading Adam Smith's The Theory of Moral Sentiments the second time and the second time preparing my MyeBooks notes on it. It will be interesting to compare those two in my system of no less than the Revolution in Learning. As professor of economics I have also read Adam Smith's even more famous book The Wealth of Nations, even if half a century later than I should have. His easily recognizable very personal way of writing and suffocating the reader with, least to say, proliferous zunami of detailed text is at the same time entertaining and really suffocating. But also completely convincing. They say about some political leaders that they have the Nile or an Amazon of thoughts. Adam Smith, too. He would deserve of being a big political boss. As he in reality also is. The best economic policy is conducted on the basis of his still valid thoughts on economics, which in turn are based on his Theory of Moral Sentiments presented in this book. No need, and no competence to go into the mydiad of details here. Overwhelming.
Secondly, some words about my first experience with Amazon's new improvements of Kindle. During the five years I have been using Kindle, it has changed, improved a lot. Many times I have had the feeling that Amazon has taken into account the suggestions I have made in my feedback. Perhaps, perhaps not needed, because they have been so obvious that anybody could have requested them and Amazon's skilled programmers could have worked on their own.
Two big improvements I see first time in this book. I do not know the proper term, but name it the 'surrounded screen'. And the X-ray property. By introducing the ingenious toggling between full screen and surrounded screen has brought to the ebook one of the still missing properties of paper book: 'leafing around'. Making the reading a cosy event. I would say that I alternate big screen and surrounded about half and half of the time. It is astonishing that the surrounded can really be read without trouble although it is given with remarkably smaller font. l use the surrounded for speedy reading, seem to grasp the whole screen with one glance, somehow picking the beef quicly, or use surrounded for speeding uninteresting spots of text.
The X-ray property is an excellent supplement for constant looking up in Wiki. An improvement to lookups, because there are summaries of several lookups and sorted list of persons, events etc. But Amazon could easily take a couple of further cock steps forwards. Google maps could be provided in connection to place names. With the fine properties of measuring distance, showing road and giving prepared information in pictures and summaries.
But then there is not but a cock step, but a big leap to be made by Amazon to make Kindle another Revolution of Learning. Not just looking up words in dictionaries but also saving for future needs and memorizing the word definitions just as I have made in MyeBooks. [...]
Five stars without any hesitation.
This is a must-read for anyone interested in politics, revolutionary-era America, economics, social responsibility, and how it compares to today's political climate. You hear about the Wealth of Nations at every turn, but this is a very important piece of that puzzle and should be considered just as important if not moreso because Smith addresses the inherent goodness of man that propels him to make compassionate decisions. It feels completely surreal to read this in today's current atmosphere.

That being said the book I received was quite a bit larger than I expected (it is not a small paperback), and it sometimes feels like I'm reading a textbook.
Adam Smith was NOT an economist. He was a moral philosopher who viewed morality through the lens of commercial activity. This book was written 17 years before An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations was released. It's a manifesto for sustainability. He wrote of an "invisible hand" in this book which is MUCH different from the one we've all grown up with from high school economics. This is the passage: They are led by an invisible hand to make nearly the same distribution of the necessaries of life, which would have been made, had the earth been divided into equal portions among all its inhabitants, and thus without intending it, without knowing it, advance the interest of society, and afford means to the multiplication of the species.
Firstly, this is a remarkably clear exegesis of an empirical theory of ethics that was highly influential in its time, but is little read today. It is clear and interesting and makes a good argument for the idea that there is a moral sense. It is, in fact, surprising how well the writing and reasoning stand the test of time. This is an accurate and complete edition without many of OCR problems which seem to plague other editions. If you are a professional philosopher or just enjoy ideas, this is a very sound edition for you.
I wish I had read this sooner. So much of our economic theories are built on what Adam Smith wrote; I wish many "liberals" and "progressives" read this book - it might enlighten them on important principles that make all men and women successful. I know it changed my thoughts and beliefs.