M̀oral sense' from the Cambridge platonists to Adam Smith

Dawn Elizabeth Partridge
This thesis traces the development of the notion of 'moral sense' from the midseventeenth century to the mid-eighteenth century. Its roots are in the moral writings of some of the Cambridge Platonists, it flourished as a moral theory with Francis Hutcheson in the 1720s, and it had many supporters in the decades that followed. Only with the much more astute philosophies of David Hume and Adam Smith were the basic presumptions behind the notion of...
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