The Theory of Moral Sentiments

The Theory of Moral Sentiments - Adam Smith 1759

TMS is about how we perceive the feelings of others and how we order our minds to achieve happiness. Smith starts with the idea of sympathy - our ability to put ourselves in the shoes of another- and lays out a highly ordered account of the biases of human nature and the tragedy of the human condition, namely our reliance on fortune, our enslavement to the opinions of others, and our inability to stop thirsting after that which we do not have. Page 169 [Russell]