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Del sentimiento de la prudencia o la mano invisible de la moral


  • Ángel Emilio Muñoz Cardon

    () (Corporación Universitaria Adventista)


Smithian moral philosophy is based on an axiomatic principle: the individual’s necessary belonging to society and moral action as a determinant of individual wellbeing. The inherent social condition of the individual due to the impossibility of autonomous psychological and ontological survival, and the moral identification with one’s own happiness and that of others, achieved through direct or involuntary means, the empathy with the success or the pain of others. It is the prudent action that explains the civilian character of self-determination and self-control of decisions. For Smith, human beings are not only self-interested because they have a moral conscience and a socialized existence.

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  • Ángel Emilio Muñoz Cardon, 2006. "Del sentimiento de la prudencia o la mano invisible de la moral," Lecturas de Economía, Universidad de Antioquia, Departamento de Economía, issue 65, pages 223-240, Julio-Dic.
  • Handle: RePEc:lde:journl:y:2006:i:65:p:223-240

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    Congeniality; Sympathy; Cooperative Game; Happiness; Hate; Moral Philosophy; Prudence; Selfishness;

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    • B12 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925 - - - Classical (includes Adam Smith)
    • B10 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925 - - - General


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