The Pursuit of Certainty: David Hume, Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill, Beatrice Webb

The Pursuit of Certainty: David Hume, Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill, Beatrice Webb

by Shirley Robin Letwin

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781614872214
Publisher: Liberty Fund Inc.
Publication date: 10/01/1998
Series: NONE
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 454
File size: 733 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements vii
Introduction ix

PART I
David Hume: Pagan Virtues and Profane Politics

1 A Man of Moderation 3
2 The Kirk 9
3 The Combat of Reason and Passion 21
4 A New Scene of Thought 34
5 Virtue in a Bundle of Perceptions 54
6 The Philosophical Enthusiasm Renounced 68
7 A Matter of Degree 75
8 The Science of Politics 83
9 The Proper Political Disposition 94
10 The End of Profane Politics 114

PART II
Jeremy Bentham: Liberty and Logic

11 Blackstone’s Challenger 131
12 Utilitarianism—A System of Tolerance 142
13 A Perfect System of Legislation 162
14 Gadgets for Happiness 186
15 A Modest Utopian 194

PART III
John Stuart Mill: From Puritanism to Sociology

16 James Mill 203
17 The Young Disciple 216
18 The Failure of Utilitarianism 227
19 Intimations of a New Creed 240
20 Many-Sidedness 253
21 The Creed of Progress 263
22 Radicals in Politics 274
23 Sociology 286
24 Sociology Applied 307
25 Liberty and the Ideal Individual 317
26 The Liberal Gentleman 341

PART IV
Beatrice Webb: Science and the Apotheosis of Politics

27 A New Climate of Opinion 351
28 The Making of a Socialist 375
29 The Apotheosis of Politics 401

Index 417

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