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4 The Politics of Pride in David Hume and David Simple In the act of self-constitution that David Hume describes in A Treatise of Human Nature (1740), the soul is revealed in its basic vulnerability. For the very passions such as love and hate, pride and humility that constitute personal identity turn out to be po- litical in the most literal sense, woven as they are in particular relations of “government and subordination.’’ So what exactly are the politics of pride and humility according to Hume? How do pride and humility map onto available regimes of

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