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Introduction

DAVID MILLER

in Philosophy and Ideology in Hume's Political Thought

Published in print March 1984 | ISBN: 9780198246589
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191681028 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198246589.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter begins with discussions of Hume's political thought, his life, and works. It then argues that Hume's philosophy is logically relevant to his political thought without entirely determining its character. The truth of Hume's philosophical premises is a necessary but insufficient condition of the truth of his political standpoint. The remaining necessary conditions are provided by his ideological commitments. An overview of the two parts of the book is also presented.

Keywords: Hume; political thought; philosophy

Chapter.  6545 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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