Can "– " be interpreted as meaning "ie, in another word" here?
"The system of moral philosophy advanced in The Theory of Moral Sentiments is founded on sympathy – the ‘contagiousness’ that Hutcheson had noted and which Hume had considered, but not seen as being of central importance. Smith opens Part i of The Theory of Moral Sentiments by explaining how it works."
- blankLv 64 weeks agoFavourite answer
Yes, it could well stand in for i.e. (id est, or "in other words") The other option is e.g. (exempli gratia, or "for example") and the statement does not read as well when substituting the latter over the former.
Hope this helps.