Chapter

Right and Wrong

Neil MacCormick

in Practical Reason in Law and Morality

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780198268772
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191713071 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268772.003.0004

Series: Law, State, and Practical Reason

 Right and Wrong

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This chapter focuses on the so-called ‘the categorical imperative of Adam Smith’, or rather, ‘the Smithian categorical imperative’.The idea is to see what happens if one reconstructs a version of Kant's basic organizing principle of moral thought, the ‘categorical imperative’, in terms that mesh with the need to give full weight to human sentiment and emotion in any judgement about how to act in human predicaments.

Keywords: Adam Smith; Kant; practical reason; categorical imperative

Chapter.  11923 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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