Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Smith , Adam (1759), The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Retrieved on 2015-05-30
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    30 MAY 2015

     Reason Powers Empathy and Altruism

    It is not the soft power of humanity, it is not that feeble spark of benevolence which Nature has lighted up in the human heart, that is thus capable of counteracting the strongest impulses of self-love. It is a stronger power, a more forcible motive, which exerts itself upon such occasions. It is reason, principle, conscience, the inhabitant of the breast, the man within, the great judge and arbiter of our conduct. It is he who, whenever we are about to act so as to affect the happiness of o...
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