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Lord Kames: Legal and Social Theorist


ISBN13: 9780748676736
Published: May 2015
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Country of Publication: Scotland
Format: Hardback
Price: £90.00



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The Scottish jurist, judge, legal historian and philosopher Henry Home (1696–1782) took the title Lord Kames when he was elevated to the bench of the Scottish Court of Session in 1752.

In the 18th century, his books were influential and widely read; the educated classes and representatives of the Enlightenment in England, France and in the German states were all familiar with his aesthetic and philosophical writings.

Andreas Rahmatian explains Kames’ conceptions of legal philosophy, including black-letter law, legal science, legal theory, legal sociology and anthropology in its early stages, setting them in the context of the Scottish Enlightenment. He looks at how Kames came to be one of the forefathers of comparative law, sociology of law, legal psychology and ‘legal science’ in its proper meaning, as opposed to ‘law’.

Subjects:
Scots Law, Biography
Contents:
Preface
Abbreviated Bibliography
I. Introduction
II. Aesthetics
III. Moral Philosophy I: Principles
IV. Moral Philosophy II: Development
V. Political Philosophy, Anthropology and Commerce
VI. Legal History, Legal Science and Comparative Law
VII. Property
VIII. Equity
IX. Obligations and Enforcement
X. Criminal Law
XI. Lord Kames’s influence on some of the founders of the United States
Bibliography.