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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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Social and Political Laws

Social and Political Laws

Chapter:
(p.97) 7 Social and Political Laws
Source:
Adam Smith's System of Liberty, Wealth, and Virtue
Author(s):

Athol Fitzgibbons

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198292880.003.0007

Explains that Smith's theory of jurisprudence was derived from the principle of impartiality as perceived by an impartial spectator. It points out that for scientific reasons Smith elevated justice over benevolence and the other virtues, and discusses the implications.

Keywords:   benevolence, commutative justice, impartiality, jurisprudence, science of music

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