Adam Smith's Simplified Theory of Moral Sentiments, Part 5, Chapter 2a: Influence of Custom on Morals

Chapter 2a: The Influence of Custom on Morals

11 Our feelings on beauty are so much influenced by custom and fashion, that the beauty of conduct is also influenced.

Japanese fashion

12 The influence of custom and fashion on moral sentiments is not so great.


13  Fashion too will sometimes give reputation to a certain degree of disorder.


Youth Vs Old Age

14 Men in the different professions and states of life are conversant in very different objects.


15 Custom has led us to peculiar characters and manners appropriate to each rank and profession.

Different objects should commonly occupy the attention of men of different professions.


16 The foundation of the customary character of some other professions is not so obvious.

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