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Author Forman-Barzilai, Fonna, 1968-

Title Adam Smith and the circles of sympathy : cosmopolitanism and moral theory / Fonna Forman-Barzilai
Published Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 286 pages)
Series Ideas in context ; 96
Ideas in context ; 96
Contents Machine generated contents note: Introduction. Smith's oikeiosis -- pt. I Circle of the Self -- 1. Conflicted self -- 2. Sympathetic self -- pt. II Circle of Society -- 3. Discipline and the socialized conscience -- 4. Perfectionism and social order -- pt. III Circle of Humanity -- 5. Sympathy in space -- A. Physical immediacy -- B. Affective "connexion": on "feeling too strongly" -- C. Historical familiarity -- 6. commercial cosmopolis -- 7. Negative justice -- Conclusion: cultural pluralism, moral goods, and the "laws of nations."
Summary "Adam Smith and the Circles of Sympathy pursues Adam Smith's views on moral judgement, humanitarian care, commerce, justice and international law both in historical context and through a twenty-first century cosmopolitan lens, making this a major and timely contribution not only to Smith studies but also to the history of cosmopolitan thought and to contemporary cosmopolitan discourse itself. Forman-Barzilai breaks new ground, demonstrating the spatial texture of Smith's moral psychology and the ways he believed that physical, affective and cultural distance constrain the identities, connections and ethical obligations of modern commercial people. Forman-Barzilai emphasises his resistance to the sort of relativism, moral insularity and cultural chauvinism that too often accompany localist critiques of cosmopolitan thought today. This is a timely, revisionist study that integrates the perspectives of intellectual history, moral philosophy, political theory, cultural theory, international relations theory and political economy, and will appeal across the humanities and social sciences"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Smith, Adam, 1723-1790.
Cosmopolitanism -- History -- 18th century.
Ethics -- History -- 18th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0511677278 (electronic bk.)
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0521761123 (cloth)
9780511677274 (electronic bk.)
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