The Liberty and Responsibility of Moral Sentiments: Sympathy, Duty, and Virtue in Adam Smith and Jane Austen


This conference explored the moral psychology of Adam Smith in Theory of Moral Sentiments and how it could be applied to Jane Austen's Persuasion.


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

Austen, Jane. Persuasion. Oxford and New York: Oxford World's Classics, 2004.