Adam Smith and Dying Peacefully
11 Pages Posted: 29 Jul 2020
Date Written: 2020
Commerce brings about material wellbeing, a new set of values, and also a new way to die peacefully. For Adam Smith, “savages” may die calmly, in the midst of torture, without expressing any fear or pain. They are able to achieve this calm death through a life-time of forced-training in life-threatening conditions. In commercial societies, one can also die peacefully, but without having to experience the life-long suffering of a “savage”. In a commercial society, the comfort of luxury allows for a freer expression and exchange of emotions. One can die peacefully amidst the comfort and affections of friendship.
Keywords: Adam Smith, David Hume, Dying, Commercial Society
JEL Classification: B12
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