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Practical Reason in Law and Morality$
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Neil MacCormick

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780198268772

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268772.001.0001

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Autonomy and Freedom

Autonomy and Freedom

(p.89) 5 Autonomy and Freedom
Practical Reason in Law and Morality

Neil MacCormick

Oxford University Press

This chapter seeks to clarify the place of autonomy in the account of practical reasoning, and to connect it with Kant's idea about the ‘laws of freedom’ characteristic of a liberal state and with Smith's ‘system of natural liberty’ essential to a free market economy. It begins with some further reflections on autonomy, then proceeds to consider how the natural law inheritance may help to understand the argument, and how it leads on to the quite radical ideas about human freedom that Smith and Kant advanced.

Keywords:   Kant, laws of freedom, Adam Smith, liberty, free market economy, practical reasoning

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