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Philosophy, Rights and Natural LawEssays in Honour of Knud Haakonssen$
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Ian Hunter and Richard Whatmore

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474449229

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474449229.001.0001

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The Legacy of Smith’s Jurisprudence in Late Eighteenth-Century Edinburgh

The Legacy of Smith’s Jurisprudence in Late Eighteenth-Century Edinburgh

(p.278) 11 The Legacy of Smith’s Jurisprudence in Late Eighteenth-Century Edinburgh
Philosophy, Rights and Natural Law

John W. Cairns

Edinburgh University Press

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 in the teaching of Civil Law, the Law of Nature and Nations, Scots Law, and Universal History. This development had a major impact on Scottish thinking about law and government, not just among the lawyers. It raises the possibility of a route for the continuing impact of Enlightenment thought into the Nineteenth Century.

Keywords:   Adam Smith, University of Edinburgh, Law and Government, Henry Dundas, Universal History, Scots Law, Civil Law, Law of Nature and Nations, Scottish Enlightenment, law teaching

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