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Adam Smith's System of Liberty, Wealth, and VirtueThe Moral and Political Foundations of The Wealth of Nations$
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Athol Fitzgibbons

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198292883

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198292880.001.0001

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The Laws of Nature

The Laws of Nature

Chapter:
(p.75) 6 The Laws of Nature
Source:
Adam Smith's System of Liberty, Wealth, and Virtue
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Athol Fitzgibbons

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198292880.003.0006

Describes Smith's laws of Nature, including his debt to Stoic logic and its reliance on essences. It considers Smith's response to David Hume's scepticism, differentiates Smith's methodology from positivism, and traces the evolution of the idea that Smith's theory was scientific.

Keywords:   essences, David Hume, laws of Nature, methodology, Isaac Newton, positivism, scepticism, stoic logic

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