David Hume's Political Economy by Margaret SchabasDavid Hume's Political Economy by Margaret Schabas

David Hume's Political Economy

EditorMargaret Schabas, Carl Wennerlind

Paperback | October 2, 2009

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Hume's Political Discourses (1752) won immediate acclaim and positioned him as an authoritative figure on the subject of political economy. This volume of thirteen new essays definitively establishes the central place of political economy in Hume's intellectual endeavor, as well as the profound and far-reaching influence of his theories on Enlightenment discourse and practice. A major strength of this collection is that the contributors come from a diverse set of fields ' philosophy, economics, political science, history and literature. This promotes a comprehensive reading of Hume's political economy, taking into account his entire set of writings and correspondence, in a way that captures his polymathic genius. Hume's analyses of trade and commerce not only delve into the institutions of money and markets, but also human agency, the role of reason and the passions, manners and social mores. Hume sought general principles but also concrete applications, whether he grappled with the problem of economic development (Scotland and Ireland), with the debates on luxury consumption (France), or with the mounting public debt (England).

This book is a key resource for students and researchers in the areas of economic and political philosophy, history of economic and political theory, and the history of ideas.

Margaret Schabas is Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia.  She is the author of two monographs, A World Ruled by Number (Princeton, 1990) and The Natural Origins of Economics (Chicago, 2005).  She is also co-editor of Oeconomies in the Age of Newton (2003), and the author of over 30 articles.Carl Wennerlind is ...
Title:David Hume's Political EconomyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:396 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1 inPublished:October 2, 2009Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415494133

ISBN - 13:9780415494137


Table of Contents

1. IntroductionCarl WennerlindandMargaret Schabas  2.The Scottish Contexts for Hume's Political-Economic ThinkingRoger Emerson  3. The Emergence of Hume as a Political Economist: A Biographical SketchIan Simpson Ross  4.Hume and Superfluous Value (or the Problem with Epictetus' Slippers)Christopher Berry 5. Manners and Morals: David Hume on Civility, Commerce, and the Social Construction of DifferenceRichard Boyd  6. Hume's Framework for a Natural History of the PassionsTill Gr'ne-YanoffandEdward F. McClennen  7. An Artificial Virtue and the Oil of Commerce: A Synthetic View of Hume's Theory of MoneyCarl Wennerlind  8. Temporal Dimensions in Hume's Monetary TheoryMargaret Schabas  9. Fiction or Counterfeit?: Hume's Philosophical Politics of MoneyC. George Caffentzis  10. David Hume and Canadian Paper MoneyRobert Dimand  11. French 'New Politics' and the Dissemination of David Hume's Political Discourses on the Continent, 1750'1770Lo'Charles  12. Hume's Political Discourses and the French Luxury DebateJohn Shovlin  13. Constitution and Economy in David Hume's EnlightenmentPaul Cheney  14. The 'Rich Country'Poor Country' Debate Revisited [tk]Istvan Hont

Editorial Reviews

"It is an outstanding collection and should be widely read by historians of economics.The contributions are uniformly excellent in their scholarship, and the book as a whole is a worthy successor to Rotwein. All significant aspects of Hume¿s thought, from his analytical contributions in the specie-flow mechanism and monetary theory to the larger political/philosophical issues thrown up by the development of commercial societies in Europe, receive careful treatment. Just as Adam Smith scholarship in recent years has seen a movement toward placing his economic thought into the context of his moral philosophy, there has been a similar move among Hume scholars, to which the editors of this volume have been important contributors." Jeffrey T. Young, St. Lawrence University, Journal of the History of Economic Thought