Hume and Contemporary Political Philosophy

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Angela M. Coventry

Portland State University

Alex Sager

Portland State University

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

Our goal in this article is first to give a broad outline of some of Hume’s major positions to do with justice, sympathy, the common point of view, social contract theory, convention and private property that continue to resonate in contemporary political philosophy. We follow this with an account of Hume’s influence on contemporary philosophy in the conservative, classical liberal, utilitarian, and Rawlsian traditions. We end with some reflections on how contemporary political philosophers would benefit from a more explicit consideration of Hume.

Suggested Citation

Coventry, Angela Michelle and Sager, Alexander, Hume and Contemporary Political Philosophy (2013). The European Legacy 18 (5): 588-602, 2013, DOI:10.1080/10848770.2013.804709 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1766954

Angela Michelle Coventry (Contact Author)

Portland State University ( email )

PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207
United States

Alexander Sager

Portland State University ( email )

PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207
United States

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