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The story of the greatest of all philosophical friendships―and how it influenced modern thought

David Hume is widely regarded as the most important philosopher ever to write in English, but during his lifetime he was attacked as “the Great Infidel” for his skeptical religious views and deemed unfit to teach the young. In contrast, Adam Smith was a revered professor of moral philosophy, and is now often hailed as the founding father of capitalism. Remarkably, the two were best...
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This is a study of the political theory of the Enlightenment, focusing on four leading eighteenth-century thinkers: David Hume, Adam Smith, Montesquieu, and Voltaire. Dennis C. Rasmussen calls attention to the particular strand of the Enlightenment these thinkers represent, which he terms the "pragmatic Enlightenment." He defends this strand of Enlightenment thought against both the Enlightenment's critics and some of the more idealistic Enlightenment figures who tend to have more followers...
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The Letter to Strahan is an ostensible letter that Adam Smith wrote on the last days, death, and character of his closest friend, the philosopher David Hume, and published alongside Hume’s autobiography, My Own Life, in 1777. Other than his two books, it is the only work that Smith published under his name during his lifetime, and it elicited a great deal of commentary and controversy. Because of Hume’s reputation for impiety, Smith’s portrayal of his friend’s cheerfulness and...
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Adam Smith is popularly regarded as the ideological forefather of laissez-faire capitalism, while Rousseau is seen as the passionate advocate of the life of virtue in small, harmonious communities and as a sharp critic of the ills of commercial society. But, in fact, Smith had many of the same worries about commercial society that Rousseau did and was strongly influenced by his critique.

In this first book-length comparative study of these leading eighteenth-century thinkers, Dennis...
Book cover from Adam Smith and Rousseau: Ethics, Politics, Economics (Edinburgh Studies in Scottish Philosophy) by Dennis C. Rasmussen
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Looks at all aspects of the pivotal intellectual relationship between two key figures of the Enlightenment

This collection brings together an international and interdisciplinary group of Adam Smith and Jean-Jacques Rousseau scholars to explore the key shared concerns of these two great thinkers in politics, philosophy, economics, history and literature.

Rousseau (1712-78) and Smith (1723-90) are two of the foremost thinkers of the European Enlightenment. They both made seminal...
Book cover from Rethinking the Enlightenment: Between History, Philosophy, and Politics by Dennis C. Rasmussen
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One of the most persistent, troubling, and divisive of the ideological divisions within modernity is the struggle over the Enlightenment and its legacy. Much of the difficulty is owed to a general failure among scholars to consider how history, philosophy, and politics work together. Rethinking the Enlightenment bridges these disciplinary divides. Recent work by historians has now called into question many of the clichés that still dominate scholarly understandings of the Enlightenment’s...
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Book cover from Energy & Character - Volume 12 - N.2: May 1981 - International Journal of Biosynthesis (E&C) by David Boadell
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Energy & Character is a journal above all a means of communication among colleagues and professionals in the body psychotherapy community at large all over the world. The title Energy & Character suggests on the one hand physics and biology, the energetic roots of existence, and on the other hand character, in the psychic and social meanings. Character has roots in ancient Greek which on the one hand refer to the formation of the personality in the culture, and on the other hand relate to the...
Book cover from El infiel y el profesor: La historia de la amistad entre dos gigantes que transformaron el pensamiento moderno (Arpa ideas) (Spanish Edition) by Dennis C. Rasmussen
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Uno de los libros del año en  The Guardian.

 David Hume es considerado el filósofo inglés más importante que jamás haya existido. Sin embargo, en vida se le atacó por su escepticismo religioso, se le llamó el Gran Infiel y se le consideró inapto para instruir a los jóvenes. Adam Smith, en cambio, fue un profesor reverenciado de filosofía moral y a menudo se le ensalza como padre fundador del capitalismo. Lo más asombroso, con todo, es que los dos mantuvieron, según...
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