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Beyond Metaphor

Corporeal Sociability and the Language of Commerce in Eighteenth-Century Britain and France

Joseph D. Bryan

luxury produced “agreeable sensations,” the pleasurable experience of refined, sociable living. Adam Smith even grounded his understanding of moral sentiments and the sociability necessary in a commercial society on the notion of an impartial spectator, a

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Book Review

Cecilia Schultz

Smith's ‘impartial spectator’ in his account of justice and shows how this account falls prey to the same kind of idealism proposed by Rawls, despite claiming otherwise (pp. 110–18). Sen does not take into account the messy politics and the webs of

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Amílcar Cabral and Amartya Sen

Freedom, Resistance and Radical Realism

Lawrence Hamilton

a conception of public reason that requires all claims to pass before the reasoned assessment of the public via the notion of an impartial spectator who would assess them from near and far (to avoid parochialism and to include all the necessary

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Why History Matters for Democracy

John Keane

linguistic horizons of the present day. Memories are not the gift of impartial spectators; every age and every historian looks upon the past from their own different perspectives and sets of concerns. If that is so, then historians of democracy must admit the

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The Impact of Trust on the Quality of Participation in Development

The Case of Ukraine

Tadashi Hirai

Smithian “impartial spectator” would be useful together as an institutional framework, but neither applies to a situation in which participants cannot afford to view their reality in the abstract. In addition, although the capability approach is seen to be