The Freedom of the Ancients from a Humean Perspective

  • Bernd Lahno


David Hume’s theory of social and political order as represented in Russell Hardin’s dual coordination theory seems to conflict with the idea of political liberty as defined in Benjamin Constant’s concept of the ‘liberty of the ancients’. In this chapter, I argue that the apparent tension vanishes once the role of moral approbation in Humes’s theory of the conventional foundation of social and political order is adequately taken into account.


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  • Bernd Lahno
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  1. 1.Universität KonstanzKonstanzGermany

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