Smithian Sentimentalism Anticipated : Pufendorf on the Desire for Esteem and Moral Conduct

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Haara , H E & Lahdenranta , A M 2018 , ' Smithian Sentimentalism Anticipated : Pufendorf on the Desire for Esteem and Moral Conduct ' , The Journal of Scottish Philosophy , vol. 16 , no. 1 , pp. 19-37 . https://doi.org/10.3366/jsp.2018.0181

Title: Smithian Sentimentalism Anticipated : Pufendorf on the Desire for Esteem and Moral Conduct
Author: Haara, Heikki Eerikki; Lahdenranta, Aino Marja
Contributor organization: Faculty of Theology
Faculty of Theology
Date: 2018-02
Language: eng
Number of pages: 19
Belongs to series: The Journal of Scottish Philosophy
ISSN: 1479-6651
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3366/jsp.2018.0181
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/308691
Abstract: In this paper, we argue that Samuel Pufendorf's works on natural law contain a sentimentalist theory of morality that is Smithian in its moral psychology. Pufendorf's account of how ordinary people make moral judgements and come to act sociably is surprisingly similar to Smith's. Both thinkers maintain that the human desire for esteem, manifested by resentment and gratitude, informs people of the content of central moral norms and can motivate them to act accordingly. Finally, we suggest that given Pufendorf's theory of socially imposed moral entities, he has all the resources for a sentimentalist theory of morality.
Subject: 614 Theology
Peer reviewed: Yes
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Usage restriction: openAccess
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Funder: SUOMEN AKATEMIA
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