Lectures on Jurisprudence

Lectures on Jurisprudence

by Adam Smith, R. H. Campbell
     
 

Smith's Lectures on Jurisprudence, originally delivered at the University of Glasgow in 1762-1763, presents his "theory of the rules by which civil government ought to be directed." The chief purpose of government, according to Smith, is to preserve justice; and "the object of justice is security from injury." The state must protect the individual's right to his… See more details below

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Smith's Lectures on Jurisprudence, originally delivered at the University of Glasgow in 1762-1763, presents his "theory of the rules by which civil government ought to be directed." The chief purpose of government, according to Smith, is to preserve justice; and "the object of justice is security from injury." The state must protect the individual's right to his person, property, reputation, and social relations.

Building on his Theory of Moral Sentiments, Smith argues that the state must act as an impartial spectator, judging when an individual has been injured. The state must then design and apply civil and criminal laws to prevent further injuries and to punish transgressors. Laws are also the means by which the state promotes public prosperity. Thus, regulations concerning trade, commerce, and production must be crafted so as to encourage rather than interfere with our productive capacities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198281887
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/1978
Series:
The Glasgow Edition of the Works and Correspondence of Adam Smith Series
Edition description:
Glasgow Edition
Pages:
654
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.80(d)
Lexile:
1390L (what's this?)

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