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A Philosopher's Economist: Hume and the Rise of Capitalism

Margaret Schabas and Carl Wennerlind


As part of his study of human nature and the “science of man,” the great Scottish philosopher David Hume (1711-1776) wrote extensively on economics. A Philosopher’s Economist is the first systematic study in English of Hume’s economics and positions it in the broader context of his philosophical thought and the European Enlightenment. It argues that economics was not a brief diversion, but rather served as a unifying thread that connects Hume’s life and writings. Hume’s probing insights into epistemology and moral agency laid the foundation for his economic analysis, and his belief that prospe ... More

Keywords: David Hume, human nature, economics, capitalism, Enlightenment, secular mores, polite society, trade and commerce

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226597447
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226691251.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margaret Schabas, author
University of British Columbia

Carl Wennerlind, author
Barnard College