Instilling Duties above Instilling Rights
Two Features of Adam Smiths Talk of Justice and Liberty
By Daniel B. Klein
This article appeared in the Spring 2023 issue of The Independent Review.
Adam Smiths own practice in using the words justice and liberty suggests an aim to instill duties above instilling rights, that is, to instill scruples of doing unto others justly rather than to instill a presumptuous to assert rights to be satisfied by others.
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Daniel B. Klein is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and Professor of Economics at George Mason University.
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