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Hume's PoliticsCoordination and Crisis in the History of England$
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Andrew Sabl

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691134208

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691134208.001.0001

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(p.227) Conclusion
Hume's Politics

Andrew Sabl

Princeton University Press

This concluding chapter considers the larger implications of the Humean account of politics generally and authority in particular, and explores the consequences for political theory of a set of Humean theses that cross the boundary between political theory and political science. It continues the suggestion that Humean liberalism may be superior to the Kantian kind. It is empirically superior at describing how human beings actually act, but also morally superior in attempting to further all human endeavors and projects, as opposed to arbitrarily elevating one—the desire for dignity or recognition—above all others. The chapter also shows how Hume's conventional approach to virtue and authority has the crucial advantage of letting political theory and ethics change as political possibilities change.

Keywords:   Humean politics, authority, political theory, political science, Kantian liberalism, human endeavors, ethics

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