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Dissing "The Theory of Moral Sentiments": Twenty-Six Critics, from 1765 to 1949

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  • Daniel B. Klein
Volume Number 15
Issue Number 2
Pages 201–254
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Publication year 2018

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  1. Surely, many more “dissing” comments could have been included. It now occurs to me that I should have included the following from Jacob Viner’s “Adam Smith and Laissez-Faire,” JPE 1927:

    “I will endeavor to show that the Wealth of Nations was a better book because of its partial breach with the Theory of Moral Sentiments, and that it could not have remained, as it has, a living book were it not that in its methods of analysis, its basic assumptions, and its conclusions it abandoned the absolutism, the rigidity, the romanticism which characterize the earlier book.”

    The drift of Viner’s critical remarks are rather different than the dissing themes in the EJW piece. See notably Viner p. 216 (upper part of the page), and then p. 217 on TMS Ed. 6.

    posted 11 Jun 2018 by Daniel Klein

  2. I neglected to give page cite for the Viner quotation (“I will endeavor…”); it is p. 201.

    posted 11 Jun 2018 by Daniel Klein

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