Reviews for Hume’s Politics: so far, so good.

Three reviews of Hume’s Politics: so far, so favorable.

In a busy summer for research, I missed the chance to note three prominent reviews of Hume’s Politics. So far, gratifyingly, they’re all favorable, even very favorable (though two of the three reviews start a fair argument with the book after praising it, which is of course fine). But I’ll report neutral unfavorable ones too if such appear.

David Walsh reviewed the book for Perspectives on Politics;

Thomas W. Merrill, for the Review of Politics;

and Ross Carroll (in a review essay covering mine and another book) in Political Theory (.pdf here)

Alas, all the reviews are, as far as I know, behind academic paywalls (except for the first page). But Princeton has thoughtfully selected the most flattering parts for the description of my book on its website; they appear at the link to my book above as well.

Author: Andrew Sabl

I'm a political theorist and Visiting Professor (through 2017) in the Program on Ethics, Politics and Economics at Yale. My interests include the history of political thought, toleration, democratic theory, political ethics, problems of coordination and convention, the realist movement in political theory, and the thought of David Hume. My first book, Ruling Passions: Political Offices and Democratic Ethics (Princeton, 2002) covered many of these topics, with a special focus on the varieties of democratic politics and the disparate qualities of mind and character appropriate to those who practice each of them. My second book Hume's Politics: Coordination and Crisis in the History of England was published in 2012; I am currently finishing a book on toleration, with the working title The Virtues of Hypocrisy, under contract with Harvard University Press. A Los Angeles native, I got my B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard. Before coming to Yale I taught at Vanderbilt and at UCLA, where I was an Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor; and held visiting positions at Williams, Harvard, and Princeton. I am married to Miriam Laugesen, who teaches health policy and the politics of health care at the Mailman School of public health at Columbia, and we have a twelve-year-old son.