If we wish to understand human nature we have to visit the guiding principle of human existence.1 Smith anticipated this notion and it brought him closest to a religious explanation of the themes of Moral Sentiments. Smith, however, ducked a potential religious challenge to his ideas by writing in an overtly religious ‘code’ that appeared to accept the Deistic verities. By doing so he escaped the morbid attention of zealots.
KeywordsGood Action Human Existence Moral Sentiment Unbroken Chain Religious Explanation
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