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October 14, 2006


Gavin Kennedy

I would have asked Gordon Brown what he meant by saying in his speech that Smith believed we have a 'moral sense'. His teacher, Frances Hutcheson, asserted we had such a sense, akin to the other senses, but Smith showed in his theory of moral sentiments that we acquired our sentiments from living in society with others and from considering the views of the impartial spectator. His answer would help answer the questions you pose.

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