Excerpt from "The Theory of Moral Sentiments"

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Title

Excerpt from "The Theory of Moral Sentiments"

Description

The excerpt accounts the views on man based on his emotional/sentimental behavior. Those who are sympathetic and willing to listen amiable, while those who are only concerned with themselves are disagreeable. This statement exemplifies Smith's ideas of the importance of expressing emotions, such as sympathy.

Creator

Adam Smith

Source

pdf document on Canvas
https://gatech.instructure.com/courses/95822/files/folder/Readings?preview=10641863

Date

1759

Contributor

Sara Jo Cordasco

Relation

"The Wealth of Nations" -- Adam Smith's economic contribution; comments on the selfishness of man and how this drives economic action

Format

pdf from book

Language

English

Type

philosophical book

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How amiable does he appear to be, whose sympathetic heart seemsto re-echo all the sentiments of those with whom he converses, whogrieves for their calamities, who resents their injuries, and who rejoicesat their good fortune! When we bring home to ourselves the situationof his companions, we enter into their gratitude, and feel what conso-lation they must derive from the tender sympathy of so affectionatea friend. And for a contrary reason, how disagreeable does he appearto be, whose hard and obdurate heart feels for himself only, but isaltogether insensible to the happiness or misery of others!

Original Format

Book

Citation

Adam Smith, “Excerpt from "The Theory of Moral Sentiments",” Enlightenmens, accessed December 2, 2022, http://enlightenmens.lmc.gatech.edu/items/show/338.

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