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I am currently reading Corey Robin's review of Samuel Fleischacker"s book, "Being Me Being You: Adam Smith and Empathy" in the NYRB (8 Dec 2022), and I can't help notice a resonance between Smith's concerns and those of Stebbing. Maybe you've already read it. BTW, I notice an increased subtlety and a new appeal to the literary world in Robin's writing here. In any case, in ethical argument the foundations in the ideal principles always has to be tempered with concerns of practical application. But it's the ideals and their unfoldings in the specificities of life that are most easily lost sight of, as in fear and isolationism vs empathy and faith that it affords a better way.


Stebbing's account of conscience -- Butler without his metaphysics -- is especially Smithian. She mentions Smith in passing, but may have gotten there through Mill.

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