Table of Contents

Adam Smith's moral theory, part one: sympathy and the impartial spectator procedure.
Smith's moral theory, part two: conscience and human nature.
The marketplace of morality.
The 'Adam Smith problem'.
The market model and the familiarity principle: solving the 'Adam Smith problem'.
Justifying smithian moral standards.
The unintended order of human social life: Language, marketplaces, and morality. James Otteson provides a comprehensive examination of Smith's moral theory. Considering Smith's notions of natural sympathy, the impartial spectator, human nature, and human conscience the author also addresses the issue of whether Smith thinks that moral judgments enjoy a transcendent sanction.