On Wednesday we completed the readings from Hume’s Political Discourses, with numerous linked discussions focusing on Hume’s conception of (free)trade, merchants, money and national wealth, commerce, interest rate mechanisms and state roles in industry and trade. There is perhaps too much to discuss here, at length in any case, so I invite you to read and post your opinions as a comment to this note.
On Wednesday 15th February, we’re moving on to read Foucault’s discussion of Hume in Lecture 11 of the Birth of Biopolitics collection. This was originally scheduled for 29th Feb, but we’ve brought it forward in the reading series.
The following articles will be discussed on the changed dates, noted below:
Caffentzis, C.G., (2001), “Hume, Money, and Civilization; or, Why Was Hume a Metalist?”, Hume Studies, XXVII (2), pp.301-335.
Wennerlind, C. (2001), “The Link between David Hume’s A Treatise of Human Nature and His Fiduciary Theory of Money”, History of Political Economy, 33 (1), pp. 139-160
If you are interested in coming along to discuss Foucault and Hume, as captured through Lecture 11, then please do so. 12.30 in Bennett Link Building, G82.
If you require access to a copy of Lecture 11, please let me know. However, I only have a pdf of the full book so the file is quite large.