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Natural law and moral philosophy : from Grotius to the Scottish Enlightenment

Author: Knud Haakonssen
Publisher: New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1996.
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"This major contribution to the history of philosophy provides the most comprehensive guide to modern natural law theory available, sets out the full background to liberal ideas of rights and contractarianism, and offers an extensive study of the Scottish Enlightenment. The time span covered is considerable: from the natural law theories of Grotius and Suárez in th early seventeenth century to the American  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Knud Haakonssen
ISBN: 0521496861 9780521496865 0521498023 9780521498029
OCLC Number: 32665222
Description: x, 386 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: the Scottish Enlightenment in the history of ideas --
Natural law in the seventeenth century --
Natural law and moral realism: the civic-humanist synthesis in Francis Hutcheson and George Turnbull --
Between superstition and enthusiasm: David Hume's theory of justice, government and politics --
Adam Smith out of context: his theory of rights in Prussian perspective --
John Millar and the science of a legislator --
Thomas Reid's moral and political philosophy --
Dugald Stewart and the science of a legislator --
The science of a legislator in James Mackintosh's moral philosophy --
James Mill and Scottish moral philosophy --
From natural law to the rights of man --
European perspective on American debates.
Responsibility: Knud Haakonssen.
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