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2.Communication and imaginationlocked

  • Christopher J. Berry

Abstract

In the breadth of his interests and knowledge, Adam Smith was a typical member of the Enlightenment. ‘Communication and imagination’ explains how the arguments in the Moral Sentiments and the Wealth of Nations intersect, and Smith’s posthumously published Essays on Philosophical Subjects throws light on recurrent themes in his work. Smith investigated forms of social interaction, and considered how humans try to make sense of the world around them and of one another in it. Humans, as social creatures, have to interact or communicate. Smith’s thoughts on the origins of language and development of grammar are discussed, along with his attempts to account for why humans are always looking for explanations.

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