Lectures on Justice, Police, Revenue, and Arms
Widely acclaimed as the father of economics and author of the Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith was a professor by trade– a professor of moral philosophy. This title compiles his most famous lectures in 1763 regarding the topic of jurisprudence. The word jurisprudence itself adds insight to the matter of his massive work, coming from the Latin word jurisprudentia, signifying jur (law) + prudentia (knowledge). In these lectures, Smith explicates the “four great objects of the law,” which are, “justice, police, revenue, and arms.” Given his well-rounded background in moral philosophy and economics, Smith handles these topics with diligence and sincerity as he teaches his class.