Hume’s Skeptical Politics

Hume Studies 39 (1):77-102 (2013)
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Most twentieth-century discussions of Hume’s politics echo the view expressed by T. H. Grose in his 1889 introduction to Hume’s works where he says that Hume’s philosophical labors came to an end when he started writing essays and history.1 In his foreword to the revised edition of Hume’s Essays, Eugene Miller voices his disagreement with this view, saying, “Hume’s essays do not mark an abandonment of philosophy . . . but rather an attempt to improve it by having it address the concerns of common life” .2 It is hard to know where the contemporary consensus lies on this issue because very few scholars consider what connections might exist between Hume’s more strictly philosophical work and ..



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