Adam Smith y el relativismo

Translated title of the contribution: Adam Smith and relativism

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In this paper I will argue that Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments is not a relativistic ethics. Although many ethical norms are conventional, there are others, particularly those of justice, which are cross-cultural. Smith's view of justice, summarized in the imperative 'Do not harm our equals', contains two elements: on the one hand the term 'harm', which might be culture-relative; yet, on the other, the term 'equals', whose referent, although not always recognized, does not depend on different 'cultures' notions.

Translated title of the contributionAdam Smith and relativism
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)179-204
Number of pages26
JournalAnuario Filosofico
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


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