Hume's Political Discourses (1752) won immediate acclaim and positioned him as an authoritative figure on the subject of political ecomy. This volume of thirteen new essays definitively establishes the central place of political ecomy in Hume's intellectual endeavor, as well as the profound and far-reaching influence of his theories on Enlightenment discourse and practice. A major strength of this collection is that the contributors come from a diverse set of fields - philosophy, ecomics, political science, history and literature. This promotes a comprehensive reading of Hume's political ecomy, taking into account his entire set of writings and correspondence, in a way that captures his polymathic genius. Hume's analyses of trade and commerce t only delve into the institutions of money and markets, but also human agency, the role of reason and the passions, manners and social mores. Hume sought general principles but also concrete applications, whether he grappled with the problem of ecomic development (Scotland and Ireland), with the debates on luxury consumption (France), or with the mounting public debt (England). This book is a key resource for students and researchers in the areas of ecomic and political philosophy, history of ecomic and political theory, and the history of ideas.
Margaret Schabas is Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia. She is the author of two monographs, A World Ruled by Number (Princeton, 1990) and The Natural Origins of Economics (Chicago, 2005). She is also co-editor of Oeconomies in the Age of Newton (2003), and the author of over 30 articles. Carl Wennerlind is Assistant Professor of History at Barnard College. He is the author of numerous articles on David Hume's political economy that have appeared in History of Political Economy, Hume Studies, and Journal of Political Economy. His most recent piece on Hume garnered best article awards from the History of Economics Society and the European Society for the History of Economic Thought.