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lectures on jurisprudence

Lectures on Jurisprudence By Adam Smith
Edited by R. L. Meek,
D. D. Raphael, and
P. G. Stein

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Smith’s Lectures on Jurisprudence, originally delivered at the University of Glasgow in 1762–1763, presents his “theory of the rules by which civil government ought to be directed.” The chief purpose of government, according to Smith, is to preserve justice; and “the object of justice is security from injury.” The state must protect the individual’s right to his person, property, reputation, and social relations.

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