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The Theory of Moral Sentiments  : Penguin Classics - Adam Smith

The Theory of Moral Sentiments

Penguin Classics

Paperback Published: 26th January 2010
ISBN: 9780143105923
Number Of Pages: 528
For Ages: 18+ years old

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The 250th-anniversary edition of the influential treatise on social responsibility that has shaped leaders from Bill Gates to Barack Obama

Best known for his revolutionary free-market economics treatise The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith was first and foremost a moral philosopher. In his first book, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, he investigated the flip side of economic self-interest: the interest of the greater good. Smith's classic work advances ideas about conscience, moral judgment, and virtue that have taken on renewed importance in business and politics.

About The Author

Adam Smith (1723-1790) was born in Glasgow and after being educated in Glasgow and Oxford, he held a number of academic posts before becoming tutor to the young Duke of Buccleuch. This post took him to France where he began writing his political treatise, The Wealth of Nations.

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"One of the truly outstanding books in the intellectual history of the world...A global manifesto of profound significance to the interdependent world in which we live. It is indeed a book of amazing reach and contemporary relevance."
-Amartya Sen, from the Introduction

Self Interest but Not Greed is Good.


Although you would probably need two or three reads to understand all his arguments this classic treatise on ethics from the Enlightenment Empiricist school is well worth even one read. Smith clearly shows that a practical approach to ethics involves combining different aspects of Ancient Ethics such as Stoicism, Epicureanism and Aristotle. He shows a much more sophisticated view of ethical behaviour than is often touted by Anarcho-capitalists and Monetarists. Don't write Adam Smith off, read this.

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ISBN: 9780143105923
ISBN-10: 0143105922
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 26th January 2010
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.4 x 12.8  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 250

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