February 18, 2010

Contingency, Liberty, and Patience as a Political Virtue

Smith’s Crucial Insight
  • Jonathan Jacobs

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This present discussion focuses on the intersection of some issues in moral psychology and some normative issues. It explicates how and why patience can be crucial to the preservation of a liberal political order. In particular, it grounds the significance of patience as a political virtue in the mutually reinforcing insights and arguments of Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments and The Wealth of Nations.