Jefferson was sympathetic to Negroes who robbed and dealt in the black market, because the slave system deprived them of the social bond and relieved them of the obligation to respect private property. Jefferson believed Negroes were equal to Whites in regard to the moral sense and that this is the fundamental and most relevant fact in moral philosophy. Inequalities in intelligence and physical characteristics have no bearing on this fundamental equality of all mankind. Hence, all men have the same basic rights.
Kames was Jefferson's early hero. Kames emphasized justice rather than benevolence in contrast to Hutcheson.
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