The legacy of Smith's jurisprudence in late eighteenth-century Edinburgh

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Abstract / Description of output

The chapter explores the development of law teaching in the University of Edinburgh in the later eighteenth-century, showing how Adam Smith's thinking promoted the development by law professors, all linked to Henry Dundas, of an empirical and historically oriented attitude to law and government. This had a major impact on Scottish thinking about law and government, not just among the lawyers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhilosophy, Rights and Natural Law
Subtitle of host publicationEssays in honour of Knud Haakonssen
EditorsIan Hunter, Richard Whatmore
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9781474449243, 9781474449250
ISBN (Print)9781474449229
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Adam Smith
  • Henry Dundas
  • David Hume
  • Allan Maconochie
  • John Millar
  • Alexander Fraser Tytler
  • James Balfour
  • William Wallace
  • patronage
  • empirical law
  • history of law
  • scots law
  • law of nature and nations
  • civil law
  • roman law
  • universal history
  • Greek and Roman antiquities
  • Robert Dundas
  • William Robertson
  • Walter Scott
  • Henry Brougham
  • Faculty of Advocates
  • John Wright
  • historical empiricism
  • Macaulay
  • Marinell Ash
  • historiography
  • Case Law
  • courts
  • precedent
  • Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Law School


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