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July 31, 2011


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I think it just implies that moral decisions are imperfect ones--any moral judgments, regardless of ethical system are, not just Kant's, though there may be an additional level in his.

(BTW, I discussed this article too, both here, http://www.economicsandethics.org/2011/03/why-did-we-evolve-to-reason-in-behavioral-and-brain-sciences.html , as well as my Psychology Today blog, http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/maybe-its-just-me/201103/why-did-we-evolve-the-ability-reason-argue .)

I agree with your take on the imperfect nature of moral judgments. Sorry I missed your earlier post--or perhaps it was in my unconscious memory and rose to the surface.

Didn't Smith say something about our need/desire to persuade in his essays on rhetoric? I may be totally wrong, but I seem to remember that from the recent biography on Smith by Phillipson.

Hi Tim. Yes, Smith wrote that the reason we trade originally arose not from a pecuniary desire, but from the desire to persuade others.

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