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The story of the greatest of all philosophical friendships―and how it influenced modern thoughtDavid 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 friends for...
Book cover from The Pragmatic Enlightenment: Recovering the Liberalism of Hume, Smith, Montesquieu, and Voltaireby Dennis C. Rasmussen
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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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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 Rasmussen...
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[ Problems and Promise of Commercial Society: Adam Smith's Response to Rousseau By ( Author ) Mar-2009 Paperback
Book cover from Rethinking the Enlightenment: Between History, Philosophy, and Politicsby 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 to think history, philosophy, and politics in conjunction. Rethinking the Enlightenment will move to bridge these disciplinary divides. Recent work by historians has now called into question many of the clichés which still dominate scholarly understanding of the Enlightenment’s literary,...
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 contributions...
Book cover from DOES BETTERING OUR CONDITION REALLY MAKE US BETTER OFF? ADAM SMITH ON PROGRESS AND HAPPINESSby Dennis C Rasmussen
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