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
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
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