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Author Hanley, Ryan Patrick, 1974-

Title Adam Smith and the character of virtue / Ryan Patrick Hanley
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 224 pages)
Contents The problem : commerce and corruption -- Smith's defense of commercial society -- What is corruption? : political and psychological perspectives -- Smith on corruption : from the citizen to the human being -- The solution : moral philosophy -- Liberal individualism and virtue ethics -- Social science vs. moral philosophy -- Types of moral philosophy : natural jurisprudence vs. ethics -- Types of ethics : utilitarianism, deontology, and virtue ethics -- Virtue ethics : modern, ancient, and Smithean -- Interlude : the what and the how of TMS VI -- The what : Sith's "practical system of morality" -- The how : rhetoric, audience, and the methods of practical ethics -- The how : the ascent of self-love in three stages -- Prudence or commercial virtue -- The challenge : from praise to prudence -- Educating the vain : fathers and sons -- Self-interest rightly understood -- The advantages and disadvantages of prudence -- Magnanimity or classical virtue -- The problems of prudence and the therapy of magnanimity -- Up from individualism : desert, praiseworthiness, conscience -- Modernity, antiquity, and magnanimity -- The dangers of magnanimity -- Beneficence or christian virtue -- Between care and caritas -- Benevolence and beneficence and the human telos -- The character and purposes of the wise and virtuous man -- Wisdom and virtue and Adam Smith's apology -- Epilogue: The "economy of greatness."
Summary Focusing on Smith's analysis of the psychological and social ills endemic to commercial society--anxiety and restlessness, inauthenticity and mediocrity, alienation and individualism--the book argues that Smith sought to combat corruption by cultivating the virtues of prudence, magnanimity, and beneficence. --from publisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Smith, Adam, 1723-1790.
Ethics, Modern -- 18th century.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0511580576 (ebook)
0511580894 (electronic bk.)
0511581211 (ebook)
0521449294 (cloth)
9780511580574 (ebook)
9780511580895 (electronic bk.)
9780511581212 (ebook)
9780521449298 (cloth)