Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Opinion of MankindSociability and the Theory of the State from Hobbes to Smith$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Paul Sagar

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691178882

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691178882.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM PRINCETON SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.princeton.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Princeton University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in PRSO for personal use.date: 20 September 2021

Alternatives and Applications

Alternatives and Applications

Chapter:
(p.211) Chapter Six Alternatives and Applications
Source:
The Opinion of Mankind
Author(s):

Paul Sagar

Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691178882.003.0007

This chapter examines the viability of thinking about the state, and political theory more generally, from David Hume and Adam Smith's perspective. It argues that there is something paradoxical in the claim that Hume and Smith offer theories of the state without sovereignty. It also discusses two examples of how we can use Hume and Smith's reconfguration for understanding the state: the first deals with the place of democracy in modern politics; the second relates to how we may come to conceive of the normative purposes and possibilities that the modern state encompasses. Furthermore, the chapter analyzes the claim that the modern state is an outgrowth of commercial sociability, and that its chief function, and ultimate source of legitimacy, is the promotion of utility whilst securing the allegiance of subjects through opinion. Finally, it compares Immanuel Kant and Smith's views on the judgment of rulers with regard to political reform.

Keywords:   modern state, political theory, David Hume, Adam Smith, sovereignty, democracy, commercial sociability, utility, opinion, Immanuel Kant

Princeton Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.