David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Cambridge University Press (1981)
Combining the methods of the modern philosopher with those of the historian of ideas, Knud Haakonssen presents an interpretation of the philosophy of law which Adam Smith developed out of - and partly in response to - David Hume's theory of justice. While acknowledging that the influences on Smith were many and various, Dr Haakonssen suggests that the decisive philosophical one was Hume's analysis of justice in A Treatise of Human Nature and the second Enquiry. He therefore begins with a thorough investigation of Hume, from which he goes on to show the philosophical originality of Smith's new form of natural jurisprudence. At the same time, he provides an over all reading of Smith's social and political thought, demonstrating clearly the exact links between the moral theory of The Theory of Moral Sentiments, the Lectures on Jurisprudence, and the sociohistorical theory of The Wealth of Nations. This is the first full analysis of Adam Smith's jurisprudence; it emphasizes its normative and critical function, and relates this to the psychological, sociological, and histroical aspects which hitherto have attracted most attention. Dr Haakonssen is critical of both purely descriptivist and utilitarian interpretations of Smith's moral and political philosophy, and demonstrates the implausibility of regarding Smith's view of history as pseudo-economic or 'materialist'.
|Keywords||Natural law Jurisprudence|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$27.49 used (51% off) $47.51 new (14% off) $54.99 direct from Amazon Amazon page|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Eric Schliesser (2005). Wonder in the Face of Scientific Revolutions: Adam Smith on Newton's 'Proof' of Copernicanism. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 13 (4):697 – 732.
Lisa Herzog (2014). Adam Smith on Markets and Justice. Philosophy Compass 9 (12):864-875.
Jon Rick (2007). Hume's and Smith's Partial Sympathies and Impartial Stances. Journal of Scottish Philosophy 5 (2):135-158.
Craig Smith (2009). The Scottish Enlightenment, Unintended Consequences and the Science of Man. Journal of Scottish Philosophy 7 (1):9-28.
Amos Witztum (1997). Distributive Considerations in Smith's Conception of Economic Justice. Economics and Philosophy 13 (2):241-259.
Similar books and articles
David Brooke (2011). Jurisprudence. Routledge.
Adam Smith (1978/1982). Lectures on Jurisprudence. Liberty Classics.
Gloria Vivenza (2001). Adam Smith and the Classics: The Classical Heritage in Adam Smith's Thought. OUP Oxford.
Spencer J. Pack & Eric Schliesser (2006). Smith's Humean Criticism of Hume's Account of the Origin of Justice. Journal of the History of Philosophy 44 (1):47-63.
David Brooke (2009). Jurisprudence, 2009-2010. Routledge-Cavendish.
Knud Haakonssen (1996). Natural Law and Moral Philosophy: From Grotius to the Scottish Enlightenment. Cambridge University Press.
F. Rosen (1990). Knud Haakonssen, The Science of a Legislator, The Natural Jurisprudence of David Hume and Adam Smith, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1989, Pp. Viii + 240. Utilitas 2 (1):168.
Samuel Fleischacker (2004). On Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations: A Philosophical Companion. Princeton University Press.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads27 ( #140,794 of 1,792,816 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #345,624 of 1,792,816 )
How can I increase my downloads?