Moral Sentiments in Adam Smith and Jane Austen

Theory of Moral Sentiments paired with Pride and Prejudice

Reading List  


 

Session I: The Sense of Propriety and Prejudice.


·      Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice (Fourth Norton Critical Edition). Edited by Donald Gray and Mary A. Favret. New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 2016.  Volume I, Chapters I-XII (pages 3-44).  (Book)


·      Smith, Adam. The Theory of Moral Sentiments. Edited by D. D. Raphael and A. L. Macfie. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1982.  Part I, Section I, "Of the Sense of Propriety" (pages 9-26) and Section II, "Of the Degrees of the Different Passions which are Consistent with Propriety" (pages 27-43).  (Book)



Session II:Social Status and Propriety.


·      Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice (Fourth Norton Critical Edition). Edited by Donald Gray and Mary A. Favret. New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 2016.  Volume I, Chapters XIII-XXIII (pages 44-94) and Volume II, Chapters I-IV (pages 94-108).  (Book)


·      Smith, Adam. The Theory of Moral Sentiments. Edited by D. D. Raphael and A. L. Macfie. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1982.  Part I, Section III "Of the Effects of Prosperity and Adversity upon the Judgement of Mankind with Regard to the Propriety of Action; and Why it is More Easily to Obtain their Approbation in one State than in the Other" (pages 43-66).  (Book)



Session III: Conscience and Repentance.


·      Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice (Fourth Norton Critical Edition). Edited by Donald Gray and Mary A. Favret. New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 2016.  Volume II, Chapters V-XIX (pages 108-166) and Volume III, Chapters I-III (pages 166-185).  (Book)


·      Smith, Adam. The Theory of Moral Sentiments. Edited by D. D. Raphael and A. L. Macfie. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1982.  Part III, Chapter III, "Of the Influence and Authority of Conscience" (pages 134-156), Chapter IV, "Of the Nature of Self-Deceit, and of the Origin and Use of General Rules" (pages 156-161), Chapter V, "Of the Influence and the Authority of the General Rules of Morality and that They are Justly Regarded as the Laws of the Diety" (pages 161-170), and Chapter VI, "In What Cases the Sense of Duty Ought to be the Sole Principle of our Conduct; and in What Cases it Ought to Concur with Other Motives" (pages 171-178).  (Book)



Session IV: The Rules of Morality Violated.


·      Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice (Fourth Norton Critical Edition). Edited by Donald Gray and Mary A. Favret. New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 2016.  Volume III, Chapters IV-XV (pages 185-249).  (Book)


·      Smith, Adam. The Theory of Moral Sentiments. Edited by D. D. Raphael and A. L. Macfie. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1982.  Part VI, Section I, "Of the Character of the Individual, so Far as it Affects His Own Happiness; or of Prudence" (pages 212-217) and Section II, "Of the Character of the Individual, so Far as it Can Affect the Happiness of Other People" (pages 218-237).  (Book)



Session V:Prudence, Justice, and Beneficence.


·      Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice (Fourth Norton Critical Edition). Edited by Donald Gray and Mary A. Favret. New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 2016.  Volume III, Chapters XVI-XIX (pages 249-266).  (Book)


·      Smith, Adam. The Theory of Moral Sentiments. Edited by D. D. Raphael and A. L. Macfie. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1982.  Part VI, Section III, "Of Self-Command" (pages 237-264).  (Book)