History of European Ideas 44 (8):1141-1152 (2018)

ABSTRACTIf war is an inevitable condition of human nature, as David Hume suggests, then what type of societies can best protect us from defeat and conquest? For David Hume, commerce decreases the relative cost of war and promotes technological military advances as well as martial spirit. Commerce therefore makes a country militarily stronger and better equipped to protect itself against attacks than any other kind of society. Hume does not assume commerce would yield a peaceful world nor that commercial societies would be militarily weak, as many contemporary scholars have argued. On the contrary, for him, military might is a beneficial consequence of commerce.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1080/01916599.2018.1509225
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 60,901
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

View all 21 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Adam Smith, Anti-Stoic.Michele Bee & Maria Pia Paganelli - 2019 - History of European Ideas 45 (4):572-584.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Do Markets Crowd Out Virtues? An Aristotelian Framework.J. J. Graafland - 2010 - Journal of Business Ethics 91 (1):1-19.
Deleuze's Hume.Jeffrey Bell - 2008 - Hume Studies 35 (1/2):246-250.
Internecine War Killings.Cécile Fabre - 2012 - Utilitas 24 (2):214-236.
David Hume’s Political Theory.James A. Harris - 2007 - Hume Studies 33 (2):335-338.
Well Temper'd Eloquence.David Hume - 1996 - The David Hume Institute.
A Treatise of Human Nature: Volume 1: Texts.David Hume - 2006 - Oxford University Press UK.
Endogenous Money and David Hume.Maria Pia Paganelli - 2006 - Eastern Economic Journal.
Hume, David: Religion.C. Lorkowski - 2013 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.


Added to PP index

Total views
17 ( #603,816 of 2,439,026 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #434,440 of 2,439,026 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes