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Craig Smith | Adam Smith's Moral Philosophy : moral sentiments and the impartial spectator

Release Date: 2017/3/27 11:19:40

 

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Adam Smith's Moral Philosophy : moral sentiments and the

impartial spectator

Lecturer:

Craig Smith | University of Glasgow

Date&Time:

9:30 am,Tuesday, 10 April, 2017

Venue:

Room 304, Building 4, Zhijiang Campus, Zhejiang University

 


 

Adam Smith (1723-1790) is most famous for his work on economics, but he was first and foremost a moral philosopher. During his time as Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Glasgow he produced his first great book The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759). In this talk I will outline Smith’s general approach to the explanation of moral judgement and make the case that Smith does not really provide us with a set of instructions of how to live. Instead he explains to us how human beings think about morality and make moral decisions. The strength of Smith’s account is that he is able to combine many of the elements of other moral philosophers’ work and explain the place that each of these elements in our actual experience of moral judgement. The paper will illustrate this by outlining the central role played by the moral sentiments and Smith’s conception of the impartial spectator.

 

 

Craig Smith | Adam Smith's Moral Philosophy : moral sentiments and the impartial spectatorDr Craig Smith is the Adam Smith Senior Lecturer in the Scottish Enlightenment in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow. He was educated at the universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh and his research focuses on the philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment with particular reference to Adam Smith and Adam Ferguson. He is the author of the book Adam Smith’s Political Philosophy: the invisible hand and spontaneous order (Routledge, 2006), co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Adam Smith (OUP, 2013) and is currently writing a book on Adam Ferguson. He is the Vice President of the Eighteenth Century Scottish Studies Society, a Board Member of the International Adam Smith Society and book review editor of the Adam Smith Review.

 

 

 

 

Craig Smith | Adam Smith's Moral Philosophy : moral sentiments and the impartial spectator

 

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