The Origins Of David Hume's Economics by Willie HendersonThe Origins Of David Hume's Economics by Willie Henderson

The Origins Of David Hume's Economics

byWillie HendersonEditorWillie Henderson

Paperback | November 8, 2013

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The book covers Hume's biographical development; his self appraisal as a 'man of letters'; his philosophical writings with emphasis on their direct and indirect economic content; his self-aware criticism of his approach to theTreatiseand the development of his rhetorical understanding of the needs/interests of his readers/potential readers; his rhetorical turn and Ciceronian adjustments to his writing within the genre of the essay, including his twoEnquiries; his political essays and his nine essays conventionally classified as economic. The work aims to show how theTreatiseand its vicissitudes gave rise to his economics.

The work takes a broad approach to Hume and his writings on economic topics from theTreatise, through theEnquiresand on to his political and economic essay. The work also explores Hume's textual method and charts the move from abstruse philosophy to a Ciceronian engagement with social conditions and problems as developed in thePolitical Discourses. In addition, Hume's extensive use of analogies is also brought into clearer focus than is found in other texts. Overall, the book will be of great use to both postgraduates and undergraduates alike.

Dr. Willie Henderson already has a number of monographs published by Routledge in the area of the intellectual history of economics, with growing attention recently paid to Enlightenment writers. His works approach the analysis of economic ideas via context and content with emphasis put on the constructed nature of past economics writi...
Title:The Origins Of David Hume's EconomicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:20 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:November 8, 2013Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415748313

ISBN - 13:9780415748315


Table of Contents

Forward  1. David Hume: A biographical and critical overview  2. Textual thinking  3. Reading theTreatisethrough theAbstract.  4. TheTreatise: Shaping Social and Economic Life  5. Hume's Social and Moral Economy  6. Hume's Essays: from popular to political economy  7. Hume and Economic Knowledge  8. Stadial notions and Hume's influence