The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas

Jefferson Book Club Meeting: Adam Smith, Theory of Moral Sentiments, selections

Thu, October 14, 2010 | WAG 403b

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Best known for his economic treatise The Wealth of Nations, Scottish-born Enlightenment thinker Adam Smith also offers significant contributions to the realms of moral and political philosophy. In his Theory of Moral Sentiments, Smith examines the relation between a thriving commercial society and a healthy political order. Rejecting human selfishness in favor of self-love and drawing upon his famous notion of the impartial spectator, Smith attempts to establish concern for oneself as an essential component of all human virtue. In this way, Smith levels an important critique against other early modern thinkers such as Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, whose philosophic teachings have largely been inherited by the Western liberal democratic tradition.

Copies of the selections are available to students in the Jefferson Center office located in Mezes room 3.150.

The discussion will be hosted by Government Graduate Student, Laurie Graham.

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