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Commentary (books not included). Pages: 30. Chapters: Books about
crowd psychology, Books about public opinion, Manufacturing
Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, The Theory of
Moral Sentiments, Diffusion of innovations, The Social Construction
of Reality, The Hidden Curriculum, The Structural Transformation of
the Public Sphere, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness
of Crowds, The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose
Bad Policies, Bonjour paresse, The Calculus of Consent, Mistakes
were made, The Nature and Origins of Mass Opinion, The True
Believer, Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy,
Necessary Illusions, Instincts of the Herd in Peace and War, The
Pursuit of the Millennium, Crowds and Power, Talk Radio and the
American Dream, Legitimation Crisis. Excerpt: The Theory of Moral
Sentiments was written by Adam Smith in 1759. It provided the
ethical, philosophical, psychological, and methodological
underpinnings to Smith's later works, including The Wealth of
Nations (1776), A Treatise on Public Opulence (1764) (first
published in 1937), Essays on Philosophical Subjects (1795), and
Lectures on Justice, Police, Revenue, and Arms (1763) (first
published in 1896). Broadly speaking, Smith followed the views of
his mentor, Francis Hutcheson of the University of Glasgow, who
divided moral philosophy into four parts: Ethics and Virtue;
Private rights and Natural liberty; Familial rights (called
Economics); and State and Individual rights (called Politics). More
specifically, Smith divided moral systems into: Hutcheson had
abandoned the psychological view of moral philosophy, claiming that
motives were too fickle to be used as a basis for a philosophical
system. Instead, he hypothesised a dedicated "sixth sense" to
explain morality. This idea, to be taken up by David Hume (see
Hume's A Treatise ...
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