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By Knud Haakonssen

Combining the tools of the trendy thinker with these of the historian of rules, Knud Haakonssen provides an interpretation of the philosophy of legislations which Adam Smith constructed out of - and in part in accordance with - David Hume's idea of justice. whereas acknowledging that the impacts on Smith have been many and numerous, Dr Haakonssen means that the decisive philosophical one used to be Hume's research of justice in A Treatise of Human Nature and the second one Enquiry. He consequently starts with a radical research of Hume, from which he is going directly to express the philosophical originality of Smith's new type of traditional jurisprudence. even as, he presents an over all interpreting of Smith's social and political notion, demonstrating truly the precise hyperlinks among the ethical concept of the speculation of ethical Sentiments, the Lectures on Jurisprudence, and the sociohistorical concept of The Wealth of countries. this can be the 1st complete research of Adam Smith's jurisprudence; it emphasizes its normative and demanding functionality, and relates this to the mental, sociological, and histroical elements which hitherto have attracted so much awareness. Dr Haakonssen is necessary of either simply descriptivist and utilitarian interpretations of Smith's ethical and political philosophy, and demonstrates the implausibility of concerning Smith's view of heritage as pseudo-economic or 'materialist'.

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