Comparing Augustine and Confucius on their Smithian Type 'The Poor Man's Son' Analysis in the Theory of Moral Sentiments: They Are Very Close

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Michael Emmett Brady

California State University, Dominguez Hills

Clark Tang

Independent

Date Written: May 2, 2019

Abstract

Both Confucius and Augustine present very similar type arguments about how we can be happy in this life. Both, like Smith after them, reject the utilitarian claim that wealth, money and riches will make one happy. Smith’s argument is more detailed and longer. However, they all arrive at the same conclusion.

Keywords: Confucius, Augustine, Virtue ethics

JEL Classification: B10, B12, B14, B16, B20, B22

Suggested Citation

Brady, Michael Emmett and Tang, Clark, Comparing Augustine and Confucius on their Smithian Type 'The Poor Man's Son' Analysis in the Theory of Moral Sentiments: They Are Very Close (May 2, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3381901 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3381901

Michael Emmett Brady (Contact Author)

California State University, Dominguez Hills ( email )

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Carson, CA 90747
United States

Clark Tang

Independent ( email )

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