Corruption of workers, and education in commercial societies according to Adam Smith
This article aims to show the originality and the richness of Smith’s analysis of the dehumanizing effects of the division of labour. First, I find out the origin of his analysis in the debates of civic humanism on the corruption of people’s character in commercial societies. Then I show that Smith presents a specific and broader concept of corruption based on his own ethical theory. To be more precise, the corruption of workers must be seen as a loss of the four cardinal virtues [prudence, justice, beneficence, and self-command) and as a weakening of their capacity to sympathize with others. Consequently, public education is supported by Smith on the ground that it fosters people’s civic and moral sentiments.
Volume (Year): (2011)
Issue (Month): 60 ()
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