Political Theory

The Scottish and Neapolitan Enlightenments


The colloquium, held in Spanish, contrasted the central figures of the Scottish and Neapolitan Enlightenments, which reflected the great cultural and confessional differences between the two societies.


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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

Ferguson, Adam. An Essay on the History of Civil Society. London: T. Cadell, 1782.

Filangieri, Gaetano. Ciencia de la Legislación. Paris: Librería Espanola de Lecointe, 1836.

Galiani, Ferdinando. Della Moneta [On Money]. Edited by Peter R. Toscano. Translated by Peter R. Toscano. Ann Arbor: University Microfilms International, 1977.

Genovesi, Antonio. Lecciones de Comercio o bien de Economía Civil. Madrid: Juan Ibarra, 1985.

Hume, David. An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1896. http://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/hume-a-treatise-of-human-nature (accessed April 28, 2016).

Hume, David. A Treatise of Human Nature (reprinted from the original edition in three volumes). Edited by L. A. Selby-Bigge. London: Oxford University Press, 1896.

Hume, David. Essays, Moral, Political, and Literary. Edited by Eugene F. Miller. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1987.

Locke, John. The Works of John Locke, Volume 4: Economic Writings and Two Treatises of Government. London: Rivington, 1824.http://oll.libertyfund.org/title/763/65421 (accessed November 24, 2009).

Robertson, John. The Case for Enlightenment. Scotland and Naples 1680-1760. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Smith, Adam. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. Edited by R. H. Campbell, A. S. Skinner, and W. B. Todd. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1981.

Vico, Giambattista. Principios de una Ciencia Nueva. Madrid: Ed. Orbis, 1985.