This week we will consider three influential political and economic theorists: John Locke (Liz); David Hume (Olga) and Adam Smith (Clive).
Martin Fitzpatrick (ed.), The Enlightenment World
John Locke, Second Treatise of Government (1690)
David Hume, Essays Moral, Political and Literary (1742) - read selections on politics and government
Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776) - read sections on political economy and role of state
- How does Locke justify a right to use force?
- How did the political context in which Locke wrote shape his political theory?
- What was Hume's view of the British state (compared with France)?
- How should political liberties be protected according to Hume?
- How far did Adam Smith's ideas lay out the foundations of modern economic thought?
- What was the role of the state according to Smith?