Hume and Smith on Sympathy, Approbation, and Moral Judgment

David Humeinfo-icon and Adam Smithinfo-icon are usually, and understandably, seen as developing very similar sentimentalist accounts of moral thought and practiceinfo-icon.  Hume’s views are better known, not least because Smith’s work on moral sentiments fell in the shadow of his tremendously influential Wealthinfo-icon of Nations. This shadowing is unfortunate, both because Smith’s work on moral sentiments is deeply insightful and because it provides a crucial moral context for understanding his economic theory.  

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