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BOLL 70: David Hume, “Idea of a Perfect Commonwealth” (1777)

David Hume’s ideal form of government was not known in any detail until the posthumous appearance of the essay “Idea of a Perfect Commonwealth” in 1777. In it he draws up an elaborate scheme for a “perfect commonwealth” for which he borrows aspects of James Harrington’s Commonwealth of Oceana (1656) and Oliver Cromwell’s Commonwealth (1653-59) during the English Revolution. His other model included the United Provinces of the Netherlands.


The Best of the OLL No. 70: David Hume, “Idea of a Perfect Commonwealth” (1777) (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2016).


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