Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 4 weeks ago

What does "the man without" mean here?

 "It is one thing, he says, to receive approval from others; another to know that we 

deserve such praise. Part of us craves the praise of others and seeks to avoid their censure. [Adam] Smith calls this ‘the man without’, and claims  that only the ‘weak, the vain and the frivolous’ are fully satisfied with how things appear on the surface, before that ‘inferiour tribunal’"

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  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago
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    Smith uses the term to mean any "impartial spectator" 

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