Rediscovering the Moral Sciences

Contemporary philosophy has become something quite different from what it was during the Scottish Enlightenment when philosophers like David Hume and Adam Smith were trying to introduce the experimental method of reasoning into moral subjects. This essay discusses key events in 19th century philosophy that arguably helped to drive the proliferation of social science departments and also left political philosophy disconnected from the kind of empirical work and the kind of real-time evolutionary institutional analysis that characterized 18th century tradition of political philosophy.

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Published in: Austrian Review of Economics


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