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Hume's Philosophical Politics : Cambridge Paperback Library - Duncan Forbes

Hume's Philosophical Politics

Cambridge Paperback Library

Paperback Published: 25th March 1985
ISBN: 9780521319973
Number Of Pages: 356

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This is a study of Hume's political thought based on a survey of all his writings in their original and revised versions, with full reference to the works of predecessors and contemporaries, including journalists, pamphleteers and historians. Hume's political thinking is presented in its historical context as an innovative, 'philosophical', empirically based system of politics for a radical post-revolutionary age, and a political education for parochial, backward-looking party men.

'Mr Forbes succeeds admirably as Hume's philosophical politics is scrupulously analysed against the background of events and thought of his predecessors and contemporaries ... Specialists in eighteenth-century English history and philosophy should welcome this addition to Hume scholarship and perhaps it may be regarded as a standard work ...'. History

Introductory preface
The Foundations of Politics
The experimental method in morals: the natural law forerunners
A modern theory of Natural Law
Political obligation for 'moderate men'
Social experience and the uniformity of human nature
Philosophical Politics
Scientific and vulgar Whiggism
Applied philosophy, genuine and false: Hume and the Court and Country parties in 1741-1742
The primacy of political institutions
Philosophical History
The History of England: philosophical history as establishment history
The limits of philosophical history
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521319973
ISBN-10: 0521319978
Series: Cambridge Paperback Library
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 356
Published: 25th March 1985
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.01
Weight (kg): 0.45