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Practical Reason in Law and Morality$
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Neil MacCormick

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780198268772

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268772.001.0001

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Practical Reason in Law and Morality

Neil MacCormick

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the so-called ‘the categorical imperative of Adam Smith’, or rather, ‘the Smithian categorical imperative’.The idea is to see what happens if one reconstructs a version of Kant's basic organizing principle of moral thought, the ‘categorical imperative’, in terms that mesh with the need to give full weight to human sentiment and emotion in any judgement about how to act in human predicaments.

Keywords:   Adam Smith, Kant, practical reason, categorical imperative

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