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" When he cannot establish the right, he will not disdain to ameliorate the wrong; but, like Solon, when he cannot establish the best system of laws, he will endeavour to establish the best that the people can bear. "
The Works of Dugald Stewart: Account of the life and writings of Adam Smith ... - Page 60
by Dugald Stewart - 1829
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Rechtsphilosophie der Aufklärung

Reinhard Brandt - 1982 - 459 pages
...well as he can, his public arrangements to the confirmed habits and prejudices of the people . . . [H]e will endeavour to establish the best that the people can bear." (ibid.) Fifthly and finally, Smith was a realist and his realism led him to prefer down-to-earth explanations...
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The State and Social Investigation in Britain and the United States

Michel J. Lacey, Michael J. Lacey, Mary O. Furner - 1993 - 440 pages
...averse to submit to. When he cannot establish the best system of laws, he will not disdain to ameliorate the wrong; but like Solon, when he cannot establish...endeavour to establish the best that the people can bear. 16 The two stereotypes presented here could stand for Bentham and Smith, respectively, although the...
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Main Trends in Cultural History: Ten Essays

Willem Melching, Wyger Velema - 1994 - 260 pages
...is prompted by humanity "cannot establish the right," he argued, "he will not disdain to ameliorate the wrong; but like Solon, when he cannot establish...endeavour to establish the best that the people can bear."87 In contrast, Smith charged, dogmatic reformers hold "in contempt the divine maxim of Plato"...
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Adam Smith's Discourse: Canonicity, Commerce, and Conscience

Vivienne Brown - 1994 - 243 pages
...visions of an ideal political system and so will readily settle for second-best political solutions; 'like Solon, when he cannot establish the best system...endeavour to establish the best that the people can bear' (TMS VI.ii.2.16). Although the text of TMS is drawing on the classical discourse of legislators/statesmen,...
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Adam Smith and the Philosophy of Law and Economics

R.P. Malloy, J. Evensky - 1994 - 225 pages
...humanity and benevolence... [w]hen he cannot establish the right, he will not disdain to ameliorate the wrong; but like Solon, when he cannot establish...laws, he will endeavour to establish the best that people can bear.' (TMS, 233). 31. Smith had little trust in the 'man of system'. (TMS, 233). 32. See...
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Adam Smith in His Time and Ours: Designing the Decent Society

Jerry Z. Muller - 1995 - 272 pages
...prejudices of the people. . . . When he cannot establish the right, he will not disdain to ameliorate the wrong; but like Solon, when he cannot establish...endeavour to establish the best that the people can bear. 30 Smith's policy recommendations reflect his awareness of the need to accommodate existing interests...
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Riches and Poverty: An Intellectual History of Political Economy in Britain ...

Donald Winch - 1996 - 428 pages
...averse to submit to. When he cannot establish the best system of laws, he will not disdain to ameliorate the wrong; but like Solon, when he cannot establish...system of laws, he will endeavour to establish the best the people can bear. 14 It will be clear from this that Smith is not assuming contemplative passivity,...
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Hayek's Liberalism and Its Origins: His Idea of Spontaneous Order and the ...

Christina Petsoulas - 2001 - 201 pages
...prejudices of the people ... When he cannot establish the right, he will not disdain to ameliorate the wrong; but like Solon, when he cannot establish...endeavour to establish the best that the people can bear'. The end of every government, Smith maintains, is to promote the happiness of its people.17 It can achieve...
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Adam Smith: Selected Philosophical Writings

Adam Smith - 2004 - 247 pages
...people are averse to submit to. When he cannot establish the right, he will not disdain to ameliorate the wrong; but like Solon, when he cannot establish...endeavour to establish the best that the people can bear. The man of system, on the contrary, is apt to be very wise in his own conceit; and is often so enamoured...
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The Cambridge Companion to Adam Smith

Knud Haakonssen - 2006 - 409 pages
...people are averse to submit to. When he cannot establish the right, he will not disdain to ameliorate the wrong; but like Solon, when he cannot establish...endeavour to establish the best that the people can bear. (TMS, VI. ii. 2.i 6) If "public spirit" is not a spirit of "system," Smith is equally clear that it...
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