David Hume

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This volume on Hume's politics brings together essays that have been formative of the scholarly and more general debate about Hume's political thought. The articles span a wide range of view-points such as: the possibilities of seeing in Hume both the conservative and the liberal; Hume's sophisticated analysis of party-politics and of commerce and politics; his ideas of the international order and his fundamental theory of justice in relation to law, property and government.

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Overview

This volume on Hume's politics brings together essays that have been formative of the scholarly and more general debate about Hume's political thought. The articles span a wide range of view-points such as: the possibilities of seeing in Hume both the conservative and the liberal; Hume's sophisticated analysis of party-politics and of commerce and politics; his ideas of the international order and his fundamental theory of justice in relation to law, property and government.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754627166
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/28/2013
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Chronology
Bibliographical notes
A note on the text and the edition
Biographical notes
Bibliography
1 Of the liberty of the press 1
2 That politics may be reduced to a science 4
3 Of the first principles of government 16
4 Of the origin of government 20
5 Of the independency of Parliament 24
6 Whether the British government inclines more to absolute monarchy, or to a republic 28
7 Of parties in general 33
8 Of the parties of Great Britain 40
9 Of superstition and enthusiasm 46
10 Of civil liberty 51
11 Of the rise and progress of the arts and sciences 58
12 Of national characters 78
13 Of commerce 93
14 Of refinement in the arts 105
15 Of money 115
16 Of interest 126
17 Of the balance of trade 136
18 Of the jealousy of trade 150
19 Of the balance of power 154
20 Of taxes 161
21 Of public credit 166
22 Of some remarkable customs 179
23 Of the original contract 186
24 Of passive obedience 202
25 Of the coalition of parties 206
26 Of the Protestant succession 213
27 Idea of a perfect commonwealth 221
Appendix: Excerpts from Hume's History of England 234
Notes 260
Index 331
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