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Cause and Effect

A.J. Ayer, 15 October 1981

Hume and the Problem of Causation 
by Tom Beauchamp and Alexander Rosenberg.
Oxford, 327 pp., £15, August 1981, 0 19 520236 8
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The Science of Legislator: The Natural Jurisprudence of David Hume and Adam Smith 
by Knud Haakonssen.
Cambridge, 240 pp., £17.50, September 1981, 0 521 23891 9
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... was indebted to Hume for some of his ideas about economics, but this question is not argued in Knud Haakonssen’s scholarly book. Dr Haakonssen is primarily interested in Smith’s theory of jurisprudence and the conception of justice with which it is allied, and it is here that he seeks and discovers the influence ...

Endless Uncertainty

Colin Kidd: Adam Smith’s Legacy, 19 July 2001

Economic Sentiments: Adam Smith, Condorcet and the Enlightenment 
by Emma Rothschild.
Harvard, 366 pp., £30.95, June 2001, 0 674 00489 2
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... jurisprudence as the governing element in Smith’s science of society, with the result, in Knud Haakonssen’s work, that Smith’s stadialist account of human history is recast as a juridical story of the emergence of differing conceptions of property. In what might be construed as a further refinement to the non-existent Adam Smith ...

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