Thomas More and David Hume and their Best Systems of Government


13/05/2024 (Monday)

8.00 - 9.30 pm

The Adelaide

A Presentation by Gareth Harper:

More’s Utopia describes a┬ásystem of government very different from that in place in England in the early sixteenth century; Hume’s essay Idea of a Perfect Commonwealth proposes less revolutionary changes to the system in place in the mid eighteenth century. How different/similar were the two sets of proposals? What features of those proposals subsequently became part of our present system? Do other features provide any basis for criticising our present system (is any system perfect?), or are they still too Utopian?