Hume and Conservatism

  title={Hume and Conservatism},
  author={Sheldon S. Wolin},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={999 - 1016}
  • S. Wolin
  • Published 1 December 1954
  • Philosophy
  • American Political Science Review
Although David Hume's stature as a philosopher has rarely been questioned, his claims as a political theorist have fared less well. Jefferson showed deep hostility towards Hume's ideas, while John Adams could find agreement with only a few points. Later opinion has been less vehement but still reserved. Thomas Huxley thought Hume's political writings suggestive, but on the whole marred by an unabashed desire for literary success. In Sir Leslie Stephen's judgment Hume was guilty of a “cynical… 

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