Adam Smith Program
Department of Economics · George Mason University

Adam Smith Reading Group, February 10--Hume's Essays

Reading Group

Start Time
Friday, 10 Feb 2023
End Time
Friday, 10 Feb 2023
Adam Smith Program

This semester we read David Hume's Essays, Moral, Political, and Literary (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1994).

For our meeting on Friday, February 10 we read pages xxx-i-xlix; 533-537; 3-79, which correspond to the following essays. (Participants should focus on the essays in boldface.)

  • “My Own Life”
  • Adam Smith’s letter to Strahan
  • "Of Essay-Writing" [this is the only essay we list here out of order]
  • “Of the Delicacy of Taste and Passion”
  • “Of the Liberty of the Press”
  • “That Politics May Be Reduced to a Science”
  • “Of the First Principles of Government”
  • “Of the Origin of Government”
  • “Of the Independency of Parliament”
  • “Whether the British Government Inclines More to Absolute Monarchy, or to a Republic”
  • “Of Parties in General”
  • “Of the Parties of Great Britain”
  • “Of Superstition and Enthusiasm”