Lord Kames

Legal and Social Theorist

Andreas Rahmatian

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Re-establishes the importance of the ideas and legal philosophy of Scottish jurist and philosopher Lord Kames

The Scottish jurist, judge, legal historian and philosopher Henry Home (1696–1782) took the title Lord Kames when he was elevated to the bench of the Scottish Court of Session in 1752. In the 18th century, his books were influential and widely read; the educated classes and representatives of the Enlightenment in England, France and in the German states were all familiar with his aesthetic and philosophical writings.

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Abbreviated Bibliography
I. Introduction
II. Aesthetics
III. Moral Philosophy I: Principles
IV. Moral Philosophy II: Development
V. Political Philosophy, Anthropology and Commerce
VI. Legal History, Legal Science and Comparative Law
VII. Property
VIII. Equity
IX. Obligations and Enforcement
X. Criminal Law
XI. Lord Kames’s influence on some of the founders of the United States

Andreas Rahmatian deploys multi- and inter-disciplinary skills worthy of the polymathic Kames himself, setting him in the context of eighteenth-century law and Enlightenment but also arguing that we should pay close attention to what his writings tell us today. The result is challenging new insight on the work of a remarkable jurist.

Hector L MacQueen, University of Edinburgh Law School
Andreas Rahmatian is Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law at the University of Glasgow, where he teaches intellectual property law and commercial law. His research interests comprise intellectual property law, property law and property theory, commercial law, comparative (private) law and intellectual history and the law. In the areas of property theory and legal history, he has published on Lord Kames’s property theory and his Principles of Equity.

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