The Uses of Genre: Is There an \"Adam Smith Question''?

Ryan Healey, Ewan Jones, Paul Nulty, Gabriel Recchia, John Regan & Peter De Bolla
This paper sets out a novel computational method of testing the uses to which generic membership can help us understand large-scale movements in the history of ideas. It does so by taking a well-known test case, the so called ‘Adam Smith question’, as an easily identifiable (and well researched) problem in generic consistency. In brief the problem is this: Smith proposes one version of human nature based on sympathy in his Theory of Moral Sentiments...
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