Adam Smith's Simplified Theory of Moral Sentiments, Part 7, Section 1d: Stoicism

Chapter 1d: Summary of Stoicism and other Propriety-based Moral Philosophies

46 In general, the Stoics admitted that there might be some proficiency in people who had not advanced to perfect virtue and happiness.

 

47 The system which Nature sketched out for our conduct seems different from the Stoical system.

 

48 By Nature, we are interested with the events that affect our little selves the most.

 

49 Nature has left us a consolation if all the events which affect our little selves becomes disastrous.

 

50 Nature did not prescribe this sublime contemplation to us as the great occupation of our lives.

 

51 The reasonings of philosophy may confound and perplex the understanding.

 

Other moral systems which put virtue as propriety

52 Besides these ancient systems, there are some modern systems, according to which virtue consists in propriety.

 

53 None of those systems give any precise measure to judget this propriety of feelings.

 

54 Some of the modern authors are not very good in expressing things.


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