Political Writings / Edition 1

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The first thematically arranged collection of Hume's political writings, this new work brings together substantive selections from A Treatise on Human Nature, An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals, and Essays: Moral, Political and Literary, with an interpretive introduction placing Hume in the context of contemporary debates between liberalism and its critics and between contextual and universal approaches.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872201606
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart D. Warner is Associate Professor of Philosophy, Roosevelt University.

Donald W. Livingston is Professor of Philosophy, Emory University

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Table of Contents

Editors' Note
Selected Bibliography
Pt. I Justice and the Structure of Civil Society 1
From A Treatise of Human Nature, Bk. III, Pt. II
I Justice, whether a natural or artificial virtue? 1
II Of the Origin of justice and property 7
III Of the rules which determine property 20
IV Of the transference of property by consent 31
V Of the obligation of promises 33
VI Some further reflections concerning justice and injustice 40
VII Of the origin of government 47
VIII Of the source of allegiance 51
IX Of the measures of allegiance 59
X Of the objects of allegiance 62
XI Of the laws of nations 73
XII Of chastity and modesty 76
From An Enquiry concerning the Principles of Morals
III Of Justice 80
Pt. II Political Intimations 98
From Essays, Moral, Political, and Literary
I Of the Liberty of the Press 98
II That Politics may be reduced to a Science 101
III Of the Independency of Parliament 113
IV Whether the British Government inclines more to Absolute Monarchy, or to a Republic 117
V Of the Parties of Great Britain 121
VI Of Civil Liberty 127
VII Of the Balance of Power 135
VIII Of the Coalition of Parties 142
IX Of the Protestant Succession 149
Pt. III The Critique of Speculative Politics 157
From Essays, Moral, Political, and Literary
X Of Parties in General 157
XI Of the Original Contract 164
XII Of Passive Obedience 182
XIII Of Superstition and Enthusiasm 184
XIV Of Moral Prejudices 189
Pt. IV The Evolution of Civilization and Society 194
From Essays, Moral, Political, and Literary
XV Of the Origin of Government 194
XVI Of the Rise and Progress of the Arts and Sciences 197
XVII Of Commerce 219
XVIII Of Refinement in the Arts 230
XIX Idea of a Perfect Commonwealth 240
Variant Readings 253
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