The Theory of Moral Sentiments (First Edition)

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(4.3 stars; 26 reviews)

"How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortunes of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it, except the pleasure of seeing it." (from The Theory of Moral Sentiments)

Adam Smith considered his first major book, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, his most important work. Indeed, the tome was a wild success upon its publication, selling out immediately. It has not lost popularity since. In this legendary work, Smith discusses the nature of morality, and the motives behind and origins of these "sentiments." Originally published in 1759, this work provides the philosophical underpinnings for his later works, as well as elucidating the psychological and moral foundations of the workings of a complex society. Smith parses many important concepts in this book, with the central questions perhaps being: Where do our moral principles come from? Are they divine and inborn, reflection of man-made laws, or rational, based on their usefulness to society? Smith's answers to these questions and more, and his explanation of how such sentiments, however derived, influence society's self-coordination, have interested lay and scholar alike for hundreds of years. (summary written by Nikki Sullivan)

note: This is the First edition, the 6th edition was revised and extra material added. (0 hr 44 min)


01 - Part I, Section I: Chapters I - III 35:05 Read by Nikki Sullivan
02 - Part I, Section I: Chapters IV - V 23:39 Read by Ariadna Solovyova
03 - Part I, Section II: Intro - Chapter II 24:52 Read by Alana Jordan
04 - Part I, Section II: Chapter III - V 30:32 Read by Meg Tryton
05 - Part I, Section III: Chapter I 18:23 Read by Meg Tryton
06 - Part I, Section III: Chapter II 28:48 Read by JenniferW
07 - Part I, Section III: Chapter III 12:37 Read by noonday
08 - Part II, Section I: Intro - Chapter V 27:05 Read by Meg Tryton
09 - Part II, Section II: Chapter I - II 25:12 Read by Linda Andrus
10 - Part II, Section II: Chapter III 25:03 Read by Ashwin Jain
11 - Part II, Sectio n III: Intro - Chapter I 13:01 Read by James Christopher
12 - Part II, Section III: Chapter II 21:35 Read by JenniferW
13 - Part II, Section III: Chapter III - Notes 21:57 Read by JenniferW
14 - Part III: Chapter I - Chapter IIa 30:51 Read by Meg Tryton
15 - Part III: Chapter IIb 27:22 Read by Meg Tryton
16 - Part III: Chapter IIIa 38:15 Read by Ariadna Solovyova
17 - Part III: Chapter IIIb 27:28 Read by Ariadna Solovyova
18 - Part III: Chapter IV 14:14 Read by J. M. Smallheer
19 - Part III: Chapter V 28:39 Read by BiddyM
20 - Part III: Chapter VI 24:21 Read by JenniferW
21 - Part IV: Chapter I 23:42 Read by Ariadna Solovyova
22 - Part IV: Chapter II 19:48 Read by Ariadna Solovyova
23 - Part V: Chapter I 18:00 Read by Leon Mire
24 - Part V: Chapter II 34:04 Read by Linda Andrus
25 - Part VI: Section I 20:28 Read by jude kaider
26 - Part VI: Section II 34:18 Read by jude kaider
27 - Part VI: Section III Chapter Ia 28:57 Read by Cicorée
28 - Part VI: Section III Chapter Ib 15:50 Read by Preston McConkie
29 - Part VI: Section III Chapter Ic 24:41 Read by JenniferW
30 - Part VI: Section III Chapter Id 16:34 Read by JenniferW
31 - Part VI Section III Chapter II - Chapter III 28:58 Read by JenniferW


(3 stars)

The book is good but this could be better. The second half is far better than the first half. There's too much stuff going on in the background like doors opening and closing or people coughing. Some of the recordings are just bad and have a constant buzzing sound throughout the entire chapter.

Very interesting view of human morality

(4 stars)

Interesting background for the Wealth of Nations, I wish I had read more of the books and stories that he references.

good book

(4 stars)

uneven Performance, from acceptable to very good. the Text is too verbose

a good book, very well read

(5 stars)

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(5 stars)