• 00:01    |    
    Initial credits
  • 00:20    |    
    Giancarlo Ibárgüen: Introduction
    • The David Hume Ethics Center: Reasons for its name
    • Presentation of Donald Livingston
  • 02:27.6    |    
    Donald Livingston: Hume's biographical information
    • Scottish Enlightenment
    • Hume´s first book: n A Treatise of Human Nature
    • Hume becomes an essayist
    • A "Reading Public"
    • The success of Hume's essays
  • 07:34    |    
    An introduction to Hume's essays and philosophy
    • The rise of ideologies in the modern world
    • The danger of ideologies
    • The Key to Hume´s philosophy: The problems of modern ideologies
    • Is there a right way and a wrong way to theorize?
    • The importance of understanding human nature and human practices
  • 13:09    |    
    The topics of Hume's essays
    • Of Essay Writing: Why we need essays
      • The problem with learning
      • The need to merge the academic and social conversations
    • Political parties and ideology
    • Of the Original Contract
      • Factions and the mass consumption of vulgar philosophical theories
      • Example: The effects of the contract theory
      • A critique of Locke's ideas
    • Of Moral Prejudices
      • Synopsis of essay
      • A philosophical heroine: The limits of philosophical theories
      • Question: Is there no place for parties of principle?
      • Philosophical superstition: Parties of principle can take on an hallucinatory nature
      • Question cont.: A party with a long-term vision, free from special interests, would be good for Guatemala. How can this be reconciled with Hume´s critique ofn parties of principle?
      • The corruption of principle
    • The right use of principle as an aid to reflection
      • Whether The British Government Inclines More To Absolute Monarchy, Or To A Republic
        • The English obsession with liberty becomes a superstition
        • Hume´s analysis
      • Idea of A Perfect Commonwealth
        • The traditional notion of the ideal size for a republic
        • Hume´s model for a republic: Hume challenges tradition
        • The correct way to form a modal
    • Commentary: The Romans saw the Greek philosophers as too theoretical
      • A Roman critique of philosophy
      • Hume´s admonition: Philosophize but avoid philosophical superstition
  • 41:15    |    
    David Hume: n The History of England
    • Hume: Great philosopher and great historian
    • The development of scientific history
    • The English Civil War: Hume´s first experience writing history
      • The philosophical pathology of puritanism
      • The History of Englandapplies Hume´s critique of ideology
    • The popularity of Hume´s n History
      • Thomas Jefferson´s opinion of the book
      • Hume was "in high cotton"
  • 49:44    |    
    Remarks about the n History of England
    • The History of England: A history of the practice of liberty in England
      • Hume has no theory of liberty
      • In lieu of a "theory" of liberty, a history of the practice of liberty
      • Hume criticizes different theories of liberty with his n History
      • Hume´s analysis: Four discernable constitutions
    • Influence of Hume´s n Historyon the French Revolution
      • David Hume: Profit of the Counterrevolution
      • The French interpreted the progressing revolution in terms of Hume´s n History
      • Influence of n The History of Englandon Louis XVI
    • The way to read Hume's n History
  • 58:42    |    
    • What would you say is the highlight of Hume's philosophy? What is "The Big Point"?
    • What idea from Hume´s work has most influenced your personal life?
    • What influence did Hume have on Hayek and Mises?
      • Influences of Hume on Hayek: The idea of spontaneous order
      • Hume and synthetic n a prioripropositions, a proto-phenomenological approach
    • What is Hume´s standpoint on ethics?
      • Smith's moral philosophy: n The Wealth of Nations
      • Hume's idea of justice
  • 01:09:35    |    
    Final words
  • 01:09:40    |    
    Final credits

A Tour of David Hume’s Political Essays and History of England

New Media  | 20 de abril de 2006  | Vistas: 2908

About this video

Donald Livingston gives a tour of important political essays written by the Scottish philosopher David Hume and also talks about The History of England, one of his many literary works. After an opening statement made by the president of Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Giancarlo Ibárgüen S., in which he explains the reason behind the name of the David Hume Ethics Center, Livingston shares a biography of Hume and a brief historical context. He introduces Hume’s essays through explaining the rise of ideologies in the modern world and the danger of such ideas; he also mentions the key to Hume’s philosophy. Livingston briefly analyzes various essays written by this philosopher such as Of the Original Contract, Of Moral Prejudices, and Of Essay Writing, and mainly focuses on The History of England in which the author relates a history of practice and liberty of England and also mentions the book’s influence in the French Revolution.


A Tour of David Hume's Political Essays and History of England
Donald Livingston

Academic Building, A-409
Universidad Francisco Marroquín
Guatemala, April 20, 2006

A New Media - UFM production. Guatemala, April 2006
Camera: Jorge Samayoa; digital editing: Alexander Arauz; index: Christiaan Ketelaar; synopsis: Sebastian del Buey; synopsis reviser: Daphne Ortiz; publication: Pedro David España


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