On A. Smith, A. Meinong, and Contemplative Altruism
Zenonas Norkus
Published 1994-09-29

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Norkus Z. (1994). On A. Smith, A. Meinong, and Contemplative Altruism. Problemos, 46, 22-40. https://doi.org/10.15388/Problemos.1994.46.7049


Theory of moral value of Austrian philosopher A. Meinong (1853-1920) is considered as an intermediating link between British empiricist ethics and analytical ethics. It is shown that as A. Smith’s “Theory of Moral Sentiments” is a counterpart to his economic theory, so A. Meinong’s theory of moral value is a counterpart to economic theories of “Old Austrian school” (C. Menger, F. Wieser, E. Boehm-Bawerk). Finally, the distinction between contemplative and active altruism is made, and the outline of the theory of moral value of contemplative altruism is derived.
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