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The Theory of Moral Sentiments

By Smith, Adam

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Title: The Theory of Moral Sentiments  
Author: Smith, Adam
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Excerpt: Section I Of the Sense of Propriety Chap. I Of Sympathy How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it except the pleasure of seeing it. Of this kind is pity or compassion, the emotion which we feel for the misery of others, when we either see it, or are made to conceive it in a very lively manner. That we often derive sorrow from the sorrow of others, is a matter of fact too obvious to require any instances to prove it; for this sentiment, like all the other original passions of human nature, is by no means confined to the virtuous and humane, though they perhaps may feel it with the most exquisite sensibility. The greatest ruffian, the most hardened violator of the laws of society, is not altogether without it.

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Table of Contents: The Theory of Moral Sentiments, 1 -- Adam Smith, 1 -- Part I. Of the Propriety of Action, 2 -- Section I Of the Sense of Propriety, 2 -- Chap. I Of Sympathy, 2 -- Chap. II Of the Pleasure of mutual Sympathy, 4 -- Chap. III Of the manner in which we judge of the propriety or impropriety of the -- affections of other men, by their concord or dissonance with our own, 6 -- Chap. IV The same subject continued, 8 -- Chap. V Of the amiable and respectable virtues, 10 -- Section II Of the Degrees of the different Passions which are consistent with Propriety, 12 -- Chap. I Of the Passions which take their origin from the body, 13 -- Chap. II Of those Passions which take their origin from a particular turn or habit of the -- Imagination, 15 -- Chap. III Of the unsocial Passions, 17 -- Chap. IV Of the social Passions, 19 -- Chap. V Of the selfish Passions, 20 -- Section III Of the Effects of Prosperity and Adversity upon the Judgment of Mankind with -- regard to the Propriety of Action; and why it is more easy to obtain their Approbation in the one -- state than in the other, 22 -- Chap. I That though our sympathy with sorrow is generally a more lively sensation than -- our sympathy with joy, it commonly falls much more short of the violence of what is -- naturally felt by the person principally concerned, 22 -- Chap. II Of the origin of Ambition, and of the distinction of Ranks, 26 -- Chap. III Of the corruption of our moral sentiments, which is occasioned by this -- disposition to admire the rich and the great, and to despise or neglect persons of poor -- and mean condition, 31 -- The Theory of Moral Sentiments


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