Thomas Reid on Practical Ethics: Lectures and Papers on Natural Religion, Self-government, Natural Jurisprudence and the Law of Nations

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Edinburgh University Press, 2007 - Applied ethics - 404 pages
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The pervasiveness of Protestant natural law in the early modern period and its significance in the Scottish Enlightenment have long been recognized. This book reveals that Thomas Reid (1710-1796) - the great contemporary of David Hume and Adam Smith - also worked in this tradition. When Reid succeeded Adam Smith as Professor of Moral Philosophy in Glasgow in 1764, he taught a course covering pneumatology, practical ethics, and politics. This section of practical ethics was an adaptation of the system of natural law and natural rights published by Francis Hutcheson. Knud Haakonssen has reconstructed it here for the first time from Reid's manuscript lectures and papers, and it provides a considerable addition to our understanding not only of Reid but of the thought of the Scottish Enlightenment and of the education system of the time. The present work is a revised version of a work first published by Princeton University Press in 1990, which has long been out of print.
  

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Contents

I Introductory Lecture
3
II Duties to God
17
III Duties to Ourselves
26
Justice
37
Individuals in Private Jurisprudence
39
Individuals in Oeconomical Jurisprudence
69
Individuals in Political Jurisprudence
72
States
81
XII Succession
112
XIII On Dissolution of Obligations and on Interpretation
114
XIV Oeconomical Jurisprudence
116
XV Social Contract as Implied Contract
136
XVI Political Jurisprudence
144
XVII Rights and Duties of States
153
Commentary
177
TEXTUAL NOTES
321

IX Supplement to Duties to Ourselves
83
X Natural Law and Natural Rights
87
XI Property
103

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Knud Haakonssen is Emeritus Professor of Intellectual History at the University of Sussex and Visiting Professor at the Max Weber Center for Advanced Study, University of Erfurt . His books include

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