A Theory of Sociality, Morality, and Monsters: Adam Smith and Mary Shelley

24 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2018

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Jan Osborn

Chapman University

Bart J. Wilson

Chapman University - Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy; Chapman University - Economic Science Institute (ESI); Chapman University, The Dale E. Fowler School of Law

Mitchell Briggs

Chapman University - The George L. Argyros School of Business & Economics

Alison Lee

Chapman University - The George L. Argyros School of Business & Economics

Alec Moss

Chapman University - The George L. Argyros School of Business & Economics

Date Written: July 18, 2018

Abstract

The moral philosopher and political economist Adam Smith (1723-1790) and the author Mary Shelley (1798-1851) are studied in different spheres of the academy, for rather different purposes, with no supposed reason for dialogue. We claim in a close concurrent reading, however, that Smith and Shelley share a common project to connect humanity with mutuality, morality with sociality. Our narrative entwines Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments with Shelley’s Frankenstein to reveal the critical nature of human sociality for our morality.

Keywords: Adam Smith, Mary Shelley, Fellow-Feeling, Sociality, Monster, Frankenstein, Moral Sentiments

JEL Classification: A1, B0, Z1

Suggested Citation

Osborn, Jan and Wilson, Bart J. and Briggs, Mitchell and Lee, Alison and Moss, Alec, A Theory of Sociality, Morality, and Monsters: Adam Smith and Mary Shelley (July 18, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3206800 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3206800

Jan Osborn

Chapman University ( email )

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Bart J. Wilson (Contact Author)

Chapman University - Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://www1.chapman.edu/~bjwilson/

Chapman University - Economic Science Institute (ESI) ( email )

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Orange, CA 92866
United States
(714) 628-7306 (Phone)

Chapman University, The Dale E. Fowler School of Law ( email )

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Orange, CA 92866-1099
United States
(714) 628-7306 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www1.chapman.edu/~bjwilson/

Mitchell Briggs

Chapman University - The George L. Argyros School of Business & Economics ( email )

333 N. Glassell
Orange, CA 92866
United States

Alison Lee

Chapman University - The George L. Argyros School of Business & Economics ( email )

333 N. Glassell
Orange, CA 92866
United States

Alec Moss

Chapman University - The George L. Argyros School of Business & Economics ( email )

333 N. Glassell
Orange, CA 92866
United States

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