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Hume: Political Essays

Hume: Political Essays

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Part of Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought

  • Date Published: August 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521466394

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  • David Hume is commonly known as one of the greatest philosophers to write in English. He was also one of the foremost political and economic theorists and one of the finest historians of the eighteenth century. His political essays reflect the entire range of his intellectual engagement with politics--as political philosophy, political observation and political history--and function as an extension of and supplement to works such as his Treatise of Human Nature and his History of England. The twenty-seven most important essays are presented in this fully annotated edition, together with excerpts from the History of England that point up their context.

    • Presents the most important of Hume's political essays
    • Important for a full understanding of his major treatises
    • This edition the first to provide a substantial interpretative introduction and thorough annotation
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    "This is a new and welcome edition to the Cambridge Texts in the HIistory of Political Thought series....Haakonssen's introduction is clear and informative." Ethics

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    • Date Published: August 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521466394
    • length: 416 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 137 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Of the liberty of the press
    2. That politics may be reduced to a science
    3. Of the first principles of government
    4. Of the origin of government
    5. Of the independency of Parliament
    6. Whether the British government inclines more to absolute monarchy, or to a republic
    7. Of parties in general
    8. Of the parties of Great Britain
    9. Of superstition and enthusiasm
    10. Of civil liberty
    11. Of the rise and progress of the arts and sciences
    12. Of national characters
    13. Of commerce
    14. Of refinement in the arts
    15. Of money
    16. Of interest
    17. Of the balance of trade
    18. Of the jealousy of trade
    19. Of the balance of power
    20. Of taxes:
    21. Of public credit
    22. Of some remarkable customs
    23. Of the original contract
    24. Of passive obedience
    25. Of the coalition of parties
    26. Of the Protestant succession
    27. Idea of a perfect commonwealth

  • Author

    David Hume


    Knud Haakonssen, Australian National University, Canberra

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