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Constitutions and the ClassicsPatterns of Constitutional Thought from Fortescue to Bentham$
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Denis Galligan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198714989

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198714989.001.0001

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David Hume

David Hume

Constitution by Convention

(p.191) 8 David Hume
Constitutions and the Classics

John W. Adams

Oxford University Press

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?

Keywords:   political philosopher, legal philosophy, English law, English constitution, government

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