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Theory of Moral Sentiments - SMITH Adam - 1804. 
1804 - SMITH, Adam. The Theory of Moral Sentiments". To Which Is Added, A Dissertation on the Origin of Languages. London: Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies in the Strand; and W. Creech, and Bell and Bradfute, Edinburgh, 1804. Octavo, contemporary full polished brown calf gilt rebacked, marbled endpapers and edges. $3800.1804 edition of Smith's pioneering first book, a work which he himself ranked above Wealth of Nations and which served as its foundation, both works demonstrating "a greater unifying principle".Smith's ethics and his economics are integrated by the same principle of self-command, or self-reliance, which manifests itself in economics in laissez faire" (Spiegel), scarce in contemporary calf boards.The Theory of Moral Sentiments laid the foundation on which The Wealth of Nations was later to be built and proposed the theory which would be repeated in the later work: that self-seeking men are often "led by an invisible hand". without knowing it, without intending it, to advance the interest of the society." "The fruit of his Glasgow years". The Theory of Moral Sentiments would be enough to assure the author a respected place among Scottish moral philosophers, and Smith himself ranked it above the Wealth of Nations". Its central idea is the concept, closely related to conscience, of the impartial spectator who helps man to distinguish right from wrong. For the same purpose, Immanuel Kant invented the categorical imperative and Sigmund Freud the superego"." (Niehans, 62). With the Moral Sentiments and Wealth of Nations Smith aimed to compose "not merely a treatise on moral philosophy and a treatise on economics, but a complete moral and political philosophy, in which the two elements of history and theory were to be closely conjoined" (Palgrave III:412-13). "Smith's ethics and his economics are integrated by the same principle of self-command, or self-reliance, which manifests itself in economics in laissez faire" (Spiegel, 231). First published in 1759; "Tenth Edition" stated on title pages. With half titles. See Kress 5815; Goldsmith 9537; ESTC T141578. Early owner signature (I).Text fresh with only light scattered foxing. A handsome near-fine copy, most difficult to find in any early edition. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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