- イギリス哲学研究 (ISSN:03877450)
- vol.37, pp.45-60, 2014-03-20 (Released:2018-03-30)
Adam Smithʼs concept of fellow-feeling can be divided into two types: sensibility for others and affective feeling with others. This paper focuses on the former and explores its characteristics. Fellow-feeling as sensibility for others is not only the kind of beneficence that is part of humanity but also the sense of what is owed to fellow-creatures. For Smith, this is the basis of public welfare. Although Smith thinks this sensibility is a universal feeling in principle, it could be felt strongly among those who share common sensibilities and inclinations, namely, by his definition, countrymen. This implies that Smithʼs concept of justice, which depends on countrymenʼs fellow-feeling, could be practically formed and maintained in each country.