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The Cautious Jealous Virtue: Hume on Justice

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The volume is remarkable, amongst much else, in bringing Hume's History of England, a work usually cavalierly dismissed by philosophers as a mere automatic application to historical personages of standards of virtue already worked out in his philosophical tracts, to bear in vivid detail upon these tracts. [...] the passage is merely a lead into a longer story of how conventions get set up: we should not expect an immediate answer.

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