Abstract

Abstract:

Much of what Adam Smith had to say about politics appears in The Wealth of Nations and Lectures on Jurisprudence. However, the psychological and political insights to be found in the first of Smith's two great books, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, remain highly relevant today. The pursuit of wealth and power, he argues, is driven not so much by the wish for possessions or authority as by the desire to be observed and admired. The great mass of people submit to the authority even of those unworthy of holding it, not for any material benefit, but from a non-rational fascination with wealth and grandeur.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1944-768X
Print ISSN
0037-783X
Pages
pp. 541-555
Launched on MUSE
2018-11-02
Open Access
No
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