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The Laws of Nature

Athol Fitzgibbons

in Adam Smith's System of Liberty, Wealth, and Virtue

Published in print November 1997 | ISBN: 9780198292883
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596247 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198292880.003.0006
The Laws of Nature

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Describes Smith's laws of Nature, including his debt to Stoic logic and its reliance on essences. It considers Smith's response to David Hume's scepticism, differentiates Smith's methodology from positivism, and traces the evolution of the idea that Smith's theory was scientific.

Keywords: essences; David Hume; laws of Nature; methodology; Isaac Newton; positivism; scepticism; stoic logic

Chapter.  7444 words. 

Subjects: History of Economic Thought

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