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The Theory of Moral Sentiments (Penguin Classics) [Paperback]

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6 May 2010 Penguin Classics
Best known for his revolutionary free-market economics treatise The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith was first and foremost a moral philosopher. In his first book, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, he investigated the flip side of economic self-interest: the interest of the greater good. Smith's classic work advances ideas about conscience, moral judgement and virtue that have taken on renewed importance in business and politics.

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Anv edition (6 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143105922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143105923
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the truly outstanding books in the intellectual history of the world...A global manifesto of profound significance to the interdependent world in which we live. It is indeed a book of amazing reach and contemporary relevance." -Amartya Sen, from the Introduction

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Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments is a text of central importance in the history of moral and political thought. This 2002 volume offers a new edition of the text with helpful notes for the student reader, together with a substantial introduction that sets the work in its philosophical and historical context. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Smith's First and Last Book 21 Aug 2010
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This is the book which made Smith's name, and in which he first mentioned the much-misunderstood "Invisible Hand". It's essential reading as an antidote to the "101-ist" perception of Smith as a supporter of unfettered capitalism. It starts from the observation that we all feel sympathy for the suffering of others, and joy in their joy, and explores how society is best ordered to maximise sharing benefits with all.

This was also Smith's last book - he worked on the revised edition until just before his death.

A bonus in this edition, and one worth paying the price of the book for, is Amyrata Sen's introduction, which stands as a better defence of Smith than any amount of backhanded compliments showered on him by the apologists of Wall Street.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moral Sentiments 17 Aug 2013
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Like few others both before or after him, Adam Smith stands out as a writer of both practical common sense and more philosophical and thought provoking argument and judgement.

Some ideas and views are never good for any time; few stand the test of time. Adam Smith's both stand as good - and pass the test - possibly for all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightenment 17 Oct 2012
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How regrettable that I have only just absorbed this wonderful work. It should be compulsory reading for all students and intellectuals no matter what age whether studying economics or not.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Good book, bad edition 31 Jan 2013
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I've no doubt that 'The Theory of Moral Sentiments' is a seminal text, but for the love of the almighty, get a different edition to this one. Herein lies numerous spelling and grammatical errors, as it seems to have been based upon a third-rate scanning of another edition of the text.
You have been warned.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Atrocious 3 April 2014
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I can see what they are trying to do here, but this really is an atrocious scan of the book. Avoid.
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