Thomas Reid's Critique of the sympathy system of Adam Smith

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In order to understand Thomas Reid's critique of Adam Smith's Sympathy System it is necessary to determine the relation between this system and the moral phenomenon of sympathy in David Hume. From this perspective, the system can be seen as framed within the 'Theory of Ideas' -as Reid names it- which is developed according to a hypothetical-deductive methodology rather than a Newtonian inductive method, and therefore has no realistic or metaphysical scope.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)503-526
Number of pages24
JournalAnuario Filosofico
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017


  • Hypothesis
  • Moral faculty
  • Philosophical method
  • Sympathy

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