- Interviewer: Some would say that the only kinds of good explanations are scientific ones.
- David Deutsch: Yes, well I would say to those people that that theory is not part of science and therefore it rules itself out.
I’m reading Adam Smith and the Character of Virtue (2009) by R.P. Hanley, which is a study of Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments and its publication history. Hanley argues that having laid out a theory of market economics in The Wealth of Nations (1776), Smith became one its first serious critics as well in his revisions to The Theory of Moral Sentiments, first published in 1759. It went through six editions, and in the final edition in 1790, Smith added a chapter called “Of the corruption of our moral sentiments, which is occasioned by this disposition to admire the rich and the great, and to despite or neglect persons of poor and mean condition.”