The Theory of Moral Sentiments

The Theory of Moral Sentiments

Introduction by: Amartya Sen
Notes by: Ryan Patrick Hanley
Editor: Ryan Patrick Hanley

Additional Formats
  • ePub
  • ISBN 9781101460016
  • 528 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


The 250th-anniversary edition of the influential treatise on social responsibility that has shaped leaders from Bill Gates to Barack Obama

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 judgment, and virtue that have taken on renewed importance in business and politics.


“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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