Adam Smith and cultural relativism

Sam Fleischacker
University of Illinois, Chicago
This paper explores the presence of both relativistic anduniversalistic elements in Adam Smith’s moral philosophy. It arguesthat Smith is more sympathetic to the concerns of anthropologists thanmost philosophers have been, but still tries to uphold the possibility ofmoral judgments that transcend cultural contexts. It also argues that thetensions between these aspects of his thought are not easy to resolve,but that Smith’s sensitivity to the issues that give rise to them makeshim a useful figure with whom to think through the relationshipbetween anthropology and moral philosophy to this day
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