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Adam Smith and the Character of Virtue by Ryan Patrick Hanley

By Ryan Patrick Hanley

contemporary years have witnessed a renewed debate over the prices at which some great benefits of unfastened markets were received. This e-book revisits the ethical and political philosophy of Adam Smith, capitalism's founding father, to recuperate his knowing of the morals of the industry age. In so doing it illuminates an important albeit missed part of Smith's venture: his prognosis of the moral ills of business societies and the therapy he complex to treatment them. targeting Smith's research of the mental and social ills endemic to advertisement society - nervousness and restlessness, inauthenticity and mediocrity, alienation and individualism - it argues that Smith sought to strive against corruption through cultivating the virtues of prudence, magnanimity and beneficence. the outcome constitutes a brand new morality for modernity, right away a synthesis of industrial, classical and Christian virtues and a normative reaction to at least one of the main urgent political difficulties of Smith's day and ours.

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