The Argument for Hume’s Functionality of Government


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The Argument for Hume’s Functionality of Government
This philosophical study will analyze the important aspects of government legitimacy through Hume’s evaluation of “functionality” as a prerequisites for order and security in the state. Hume understands the legitimacy of government leaders as being minimal due to their smaller numbers and the ideology which they espouse. In this manner, the people will more likely see the illegitimacy of its government and its leaders because of the security and order it objectively provides. More so, the avoidance of preference for a particular government styles (democracy, monarchy, etc.) in Hume’s theory suggest that function overrides the subjective notions of its leaders in contrast to government...
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.....eople being ruled. Hume defines the limited role of the ideological nature of the leader’s ideology versus that of the actual function that government provides in providing security and order. While Hume prefers a Constitutionality of law in a democratic function of government, he defines the “duty of allegiance” as a the primary motivator for determining the legitimacy of government. Through direct observations of the functions of the government, the people should only overthrow such an order if it becomes so dysfunctional that replacing it would not be catastrophic to the social order.
Works Cited:
Hume, David. “On the First Principles of Government.” October 25, 2011. <>