Keywords: Adam Smith, Ethics, Labor, Idleness, Economics.
The author examines The Theory of Moral Sentiments and The Wealth of
Nations to find out what is Adam Smith's notion of the laborer. The conclusion
reached is that Smith does not offer an account of the moral character of the
laborer, even though he recognizes the economic importance of such a figure and
considers critically her social condition. The thesis is that the absence of a moral
philosophy of the laborer is to be connected to a similar move made by Aristotle
who excluded labor from his ethics basing it instead on the notion of idleness.
The author suggests in the conclusion that a different view of the relationship
between idleness and work can be imagined which makes room for a moral philosophy