Simplified Theory of Moral Sentiments

SORAnomics (our proposed alternative to Economics) is based on David Hume's Science of Man, which we compile into The Metaphysics of Things as a complement to the physical sciences. If Science were the wings of an aircraft, then the Metaphysics of Things would be its engine, just as the Supreme Entity is the driving force of everything. An aircraft with only wings without an engine can glide only a short distance. But an aircraft without wings but with only a very powerful engine, as a rocket, can reach the stars. For this reason, we use the enlightened metaphysics (not the vulgar one) to overhaul the current sciences and systems in place, in the same way that a World War I biplane is overhauled into a modern stealth fighter to increase its utility:

Smith's moral system implements the design of the invisble hand of Jupiter, and is the foundation of his proposed economic system which spreads prosperity and happiness for all entities, even plants and animals. For this reason, his Theory of Moral Sentiments has been simplified to be easier to understand.

This outline aims to guide decision-makers faced with moral dilemmas so that their decisions will more likely benefit society instead of causing harm. The main difference between our moral system from those of Kantianism, Objectivism, Utilitarianism, Christianity, Islam, etc. is that ours is based on feelings as stated by David Hume. Our focus is to establish the correct understanding of our own feelings, through an impartial spectator as stated by Adam Smith and Eastern philosophy, so that the reasoning or logic that springs from it will be moral, or have a good effect on everyone and everything.

I will probably rename this work as Theory of Moral Feelings, to be later integrated with David Hume's Treatise of Human Nature in order to create a new work called The Theory of Human Dharma, which unites Eastern and Western Philosophies (laterally), as well as the nature of the individual human soul-republic, with the collective society-republic which the soul is a part of (vertically).

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Part 1: The Propriety of Action

Part 2: Merit and Demerit or the Objects of Reward and Punishment

Part 3: The Foundation of our Judgments on our own Feelings and Conduct. The Sense of Duty


Part 4: The Effect Of Utility On Approbation

Part 5: The Influence of Custom and Fashion on the Feelings of Moral Approbation

Part 6: The Character of Virtue

Part 7: Systems Of Moral Philosophy