Is Adam Smith's Impartial Spectator Selfless?

ECON JOURNAL WATCH 13(2) May 2016: 319–323

5 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2016

Date Written: December 17, 2016

Abstract

For Adam Smith the impartial spectator is a universal mechanism which we use to develop moral judgment. Smith’s description of the man who achieves the most self-command and man who achieves the most humanity shows how the impartial spectator is not an abstract entity independent of an individual, but rather is an integral part of each individual. Talking about a selfless impartial spectator is therefore meaningless.

Keywords: Adam Smith, Impartial Spectator, Self

Suggested Citation

Paganelli, Maria Pia, Is Adam Smith's Impartial Spectator Selfless? (December 17, 2016). ECON JOURNAL WATCH 13(2) May 2016: 319–323, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2886954

Maria Pia Paganelli (Contact Author)

Trinity University ( email )

Dept. of Economics
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, TX 78212
United States

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