Moral Sentiments: Ancient and Modern Sources of Smith’s Moral Theory
Drawing from Enlightenment authors and some of their classical sources, this colloquium focused on the idea of sympathy or fellow feeling. As a motivator of human action, sympathy offers a foundation for accounts of human sociability and peaceful interaction that do not require Hobbesian government and that were central to the social theorizing of Hume and Adam Smith.
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