David Hume (1711-1776) was a Scottish philosopher noted for his skepticism.
But he also wrote a number of essays which had a significant influence on the
evolution of constitutional government. The following are from a collection,
Essays, Moral and Political, first published in 1748, and republished in
On the Liberty of the Press— It
performs an essential role in keeping government in check.
That politics may be reduced to a Science
— The form of government makes a difference. Good government is not just
about the goodness of rulers.
Of the First Principles of Government —
What it takes to have good government.