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Sophie de Grouchy's Letters on Sympathy: A Critical Engagement with Adam Smith's The Theory of Moral Sentiments

Sandrine Bergès

Abstract

Sophie de Grouchy (1764–1822), published her Lettres sur la Sympathie in 1798, together with her translation of Adam Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments. This short text is presented as her critical commentary on Smith, but also offers original analyses of the relationship of emotional and moral development to economic, institutional, and political reform. Like Smith, Grouchy believes that sympathy is fundamental to social well-being. She improves on his theory by offering an account of its origin; and she argues it is the result of early relationships of dependence. The political conclusio ... More

Keywords: Sophie de Grouchy, Letters on Sympathy, Adam Smith, republicanism, equality, French Revolution, moral philosophy, political philosophy, legal philosophy, aesthetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190637088
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190637088.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sandrine Bergès, editor
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Bilkent University