Adam Smith's Account of Justice Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
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  • Harrison, Caleb
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Philosophy
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  • The literature regarding Smith on justice seems to be split into roughly two camps. In the first camp, there are people who maintain that Smith provides a rights-based account of justice that is distinct from morality - one that is not grounded in natural sentiments, but rather in (something like) rights generated by positive law. In the second camp, there are people who maintain that Smith attempts to offers an account of justice grounded in sentiment, but that the account offered is an incoherent one. I disagree with both camps. By explicating the account of moral judgment and the account of justice that Smith offers in The Theory of Moral Sentiments, and demonstrating the clear link between them, I offer an alternative reading of Smith's account of justice as a sentimentalist account, one that is both coherent and fundamentally connected to morality.
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  • Postema, Gerald J.
  • Wolf, Susan
  • Sayre-McCOrd, Geoffrey
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  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2015
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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