Theology & Philosophy

Religion, Ideology, and the Moral Sentiments


With readings drawn from Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments and two literary works, this conference explored the manner in which ideology and religion can distort the moral sentiments.


From Liberty Fund

The Theory of Moral Sentiments

by By Adam Smith
Edited by D. D. Raphael and A. L. Macfie

The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Smith’s first and in his own mind most important work, outlines his view of proper conduct and the institutions and sentiments that make men virtuous. Here he develops his doctrine of the impartial spectator, whose hypothetical disinterested judgment we must use to distinguish right from…

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Additional Readings

France, Anatole. The Gods Will Have Blood. Translated by Davies, Frederick. London: Penguin Books, 1979.

Voltaire. The Works of Voltaire: A Contemporary Version. Edited by Tobias Smollett. Translated by William F. Fleming. Compiled by John Morley. New York: E. R. DuMont, 1901.