Edinburgh: Printed by J. Hay for W. Creech, 1813.
Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Very Good. Item #003138
Two volumes. 8vo (215 x 133 mm). viii, 440; iv, 416 pp., bound without half-titles. Contemporary three-quarter calf, spines with gilt-lettered red and green morocco labels, sprinkled edges (spines and extremities slightly rubbed). Text generally bright and clean, very minor occasional spotting, some leaves in vol. I with light brown staining at lower margin. A very good, clean and unmarked copy in original bindings. ----
Goldsmiths'-Kress 20861.7 - Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments is drawn from his course of lectures while he was a professor of philosophy at Glasgow Univrsity. "The work received wide acclaim and so impressed the stepfather of the young duke of Buccleuch that he invited Smith to become the duke's tutor, with the promise of a pension for life. . . The greater part of the Theory of Moral Sentiments is an account of moral psychology. . . The mainstay of Smith's moral psychology is sympathy. . . Smith characterizes the mechanism of sympathy in this way: 'Whatever is the passion which arises from any object in the person principally concerned, an analogous emotion springs up at the thought of this situation, in the breast of every attentive spectator'. . . Smith argues that if the appearance of grief or joy, for example, arouses similar feelings in us, it is because these feelings suggest to us the general idea of some good or evil that has befallen the person in whom we observe them" (Encyclopedia of Philosophy VII, pp. 461ff). "The Theory of Moral Sentiments was [first] published in April 1759 and at once brought Smith something more than local fame. It was hailed by David Hume in typical ironic manner: 'I proceed to tell you the melancholy news', he wrote from London, 'that your book has been very unfortunate: for the public seem disposed to applaud it extremely'" (Mossner. Adam Smith: The Biographical Approach, p. 12). - Visit our website for additional images and information.
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