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Hume's Politics: Coordination and Crisis in the History of England

Andrew Sabl


This book provides a comprehensive examination of David Hume's political theory, and is the first book to focus on Hume's monumental History of England as the key to his distinctly political ideas. The book argues that conventions of authority are the main building blocks of Humean politics, and explores how the History addresses political change and disequilibrium through a dynamic treatment of coordination problems. Dynamic coordination, as employed in Hume's work, explains how conventions of political authority arise, change, adapt to new social and economic conditions, improve or decay, an ... More

Keywords: David Hume, political theory, Humean politics, constitutional conservatism, Humean liberalism, liberal theory, political science, political coordination, governmental authority, civic allegiance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691134208
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691134208.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Sabl, author
University of California, Los Angeles