Constitution by Convention
This chapter examines Hume’s views on the English Constitution and his reputation as an important political philosopher. It addresses the following questions: On what basis does Hume support his assertions, and are they adequately supported by Hume and validated by history? And does the philosophy, especially as it relates to the nature of government and its constitution, have a more universal application? If, as Hume argues, government (and its constitution) is a matter of conventions and understandings developed within a community, should the nature of government (and its constitution) vary from society to society?
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