Excerpt from Smith's The Theory of Moral Sentiment

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Title

Excerpt from Smith's  The Theory of Moral Sentiment

Subject

Smith and his Primitive Understanding of Sympathy

Description

In this excerpt, Smith attempts to convey what it means to be sympathetic or empathetic with someone in simple words. He claims that witnessing "pain or sorrow" induces equivalent feelings, or the closest representation possible, in the witness.

Creator

Adam Smith

Date

1759

Contributor

Matthew Zachary

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Text

Neither is it those circumstances only, which create pain or sorrow, that call forth our fellow-feeling. Whatever is the passion which arises from any object in the person principally concerned, an analogous emotion springs up, at the thought of his situation, in the breast of every attentive spectator.

Original Format

Book

Citation

Adam Smith, “Excerpt from Smith's The Theory of Moral Sentiment,” Enlightenmens, accessed February 8, 2023, http://enlightenmens.lmc.gatech.edu/items/show/663.

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