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Unpublished Paper
Adam Smith's Lectures on Jurisprudence-Justice, Law, and the Moral Economy
ExpressO (2014)
  • walter j kendall, lll
Abstract
Adam Smith, a leading thinker of the British Enlightenment, is universally known as the author of the Wealth of Nations and an economic theorist. He is less well known as the author of a Theory of Moral Sentiments and an ethicist. And known almost not at all for his Lectures on Jurisprudence or as a legal theorist. This essay looks at Smith’s thought through the lens of his Lectures on Jurisprudence. It highlights the almost paradoxical positions Smith had on self-interest, markets, government, and economic expansion. Obscured by his reputation and these paradoxes are his views on justice, equality, and power. This essay concludes that Smith’s “justice” is deficient and no substitute for the “bread nexus” of the moral economy.
Keywords
  • adam smith,
  • jurisprudence,
  • moral economy
Publication Date
May 23, 2014
Citation Information
walter j kendall. "Adam Smith's Lectures on Jurisprudence-Justice, Law, and the Moral Economy" ExpressO (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/walter_kendall/2/