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The Impartial Spectator: Adam Smith's Moral Philosophy

D. D. Raphael


This book is a critical discussion of Adam Smith's moral philosophy set out in The Theory of Moral Sentiments: critical in the sense of combining exposition with a critical evaluation of Smith's views and arguments. While falling short of the eminence of The Wealth of Nations in the history of economic theory, the Moral Sentiments is a worthy contribution to ethical theory, especially for its concept of the impartial spectator, interpreted here as a theory of conscience built up from moral judgements made by the spectator exercising sympathy and imagination. The book also has an historical int ... More

Keywords: Adam Smith, conscience, ethics, history, imagination, sympathy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199213337
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213337.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

D. D. Raphael, author
Emeritus, Imperial College, London