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How ‘To Refine the Democracy’: Hume’s Perfect Commonwealth as a Development of his Political Science

Ryu Susato

in Hume's Sceptical Enlightenment

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780748699803
eISBN:
9781474416207
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748699803.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Along with his lifelong criticism against the priesthood, there is another goal that Hume keeps pursuing: to suppress dangerous political factions. To demonstrate the importance of this goal we must ... More


Society and Political Taxonomy: Individuals, Classes, Factions, Nations, and Governments

Eric Schliesser

in Adam Smith: Systematic Philosopher and Public Thinker

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780190690120
eISBN:
9780190690151
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190690120.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter discusses some of Adam Smith’s more important economic and political categories. It argue that it is misleading to understand Smith as a methodologic individualist. In particular, it ... More


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