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Thomas Reid on Practical Ethics

Thomas Reid
Edited by Knud Haakonssen

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The pervasiveness of Protestant natural law in the early modern period and its significance in the Scottish Enlightenment have long been recognised. This book reveals that Thomas Reid (1710-1796) - the great contemporary of David Hume and Adam Smith - also worked in this tradition. When Reid succeeded Adam Smith as professor of moral philosophy in Glasgow in 1764, he taught a course covering pneumatology, practical ethics, and politics. This section on practical ethics took its starting point from the system of natural law and rights published by Francis Hutcheson. Knud Haakonssen has reconstructed it here for the first time from Reid's manuscript lectures and papers, and it provides a considerable addition to our understanding not only of Reid but of the thought of the Scottish Enlightenment and of the education system of the time. The present work is a revised version of a work first published by Princeton University Press in 1990 which has long been out of print.

Contents

Contents
PREFACE
ABBREVIATIONS
Introduction
BY KNUD HAAKONSSEN
1. REID'S REPUTATION
2. THE DEVELOPMENT OF REID'S MORAL THOUGHT
3. THE COHERENCE OF REID'S MORAL THOUGHT
4. REID'S MANUSCRIPTS AND THE EDITOR'S COMMENTARY
5. INDEX OF MANUSCRIPTS
6. DIAGRAMS OF REID'S SYSTEM
Thomas Reid
Lectures and Papers on
Practical Ethics
I. INTRODUCTORY LECTURE
II. DUTIES TO GOD
III. DUTIES TO OURSELVES: PRUDENCE, TEMPERANCE, FORTITUDE
IV. DUTIES TO OTHERS: JUSTICE
V. DUTIES TO OTHERS: INDIVIDUALS IN PRIVATE JURISPRUDENCE
VI. DUTIES TO OTHERS: INDIVIDUALS IN OECONOMICAL
JURISPRUDENCE
VII. DUTIES TO OTHERS: INDIVIDUALS IN POLITICAL JURISPRUDENCE
VIII. DUTIES TO OTHERS: STATES
IX. SUPPLEMENT TO DUTIES TO OURSELVES
X. NATURAL LAW AND NATURAL RIGHTS
XI. PROPERTY
XII. SUCCESSION
XIII. ON DISSOLUTION OF OBLIGATIONS AND ON INTERPRETATION
XIV. OECONOMICAL JURISPRUDENCE
XV. SOCIAL CONTRACT AS IMPLIED CONTRACT
XVI. POLITICAL JURISPRUDENCE
XVII. RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF STATES
Commentary
BY KNUD HAAKONSSEN
TEXTUAL NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX.

About the Author

Knud Haakonssen is Professor of Intellectual History at the University of St Andrews and a Long-term Fellow at the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, University of Erfurt. His books include The Science of a Legislator (Cambridge University Press, 1981), Natural Law and Moral Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 1996), and editions of Hume, Hutcheson, Reid and Smith. He is General Editor of the Edinburgh Edition of Thomas Reid.

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