Econlib

The Library

Other Sites

Search this Title:

Laurence L. Bongie, David Hume: Prophet of the Counter-revolution [1965]

Edition used:

David Hume: Prophet of the Counter-revolution (2nd ed.), Foreword by Donald W. Livingston (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2000).


This Title Is Available In The Following Formats:

HTML693.11 KBThis version has been converted from the original text. Every effort has been taken to translate the unique features of the printed book into the HTML medium.
HTML by Chapter(varies)View this title one chapter at a time.
Simplified HTML693.11 KBThis layout is optimized for screen readers and other assistive devices for the visually impaired.
LF printer PDF779.74 KB

This text-based PDF was prepared by the typesetters of the LF book.

MARC Record1.9 KB

This file contains the MARC Record for this title and is part of the Online Library of Liberty Series at WorldCat.

EBook PDF757.54 KB

This text-based PDF or EBook was created from the HTML version of this book and is part of the Portable Library of Liberty.

0101_TP
About this title:

Though usually Edmund Burke is identified as the first to articulate the principles of a modern conservative political tradition, arguably he was preceded by a Scotsman who is better known for espousing a brilliant concept of skepticism. As Laurence Bongie notes, “David Hume was undoubtedly the eighteenth-century British writer whose works were most widely known and acclaimed on the Continent during the later Enlightenment period. Hume’s impact [in France] was of undeniable importance, greater even for a time than the related influence of Burke, although it represents a contribution to French counter-revolutionary thought which, unlike that of Burke, has been almost totally ignored by historians to this day.” The bulk of Bongie’s work consists of the writings of French readers of Hume who were confronted, first, by the ideology of human perfection and, finally, by the actual terrors of the French Revolution. Offered in French in the original edition of David Hume published by Oxford University Press in 1965, these vitally important writings have been translated by the author into English for the Liberty Fund second edition. In his foreword, Donald Livingston observes that “If conservatism is taken to be an intellectual critique of the first attempt at modern total revolution, then the first such event was not the French but the Puritan revolution, and the first systematic critique of this sort of act was given by Hume.”

About Liberty Fund:

Liberty Fund, Inc. is a private, educational foundation established to encourage the study of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals.