[PDF] Full The Infidel and the Professor David Hume Adam Smith and …Contemporary Political Theory. Rasmussen meets both criteria in his history of the friendship of Hume and Smith, two luminaries of the Scottish Enlightenment. In a well-paced and beautifully written narrative, he demonstrates the same wit and genuine affection for his subjects that he proves characterized their relationship. The Infidel and the Professor is designed to engage and satisfy two very different audiences: Hume and Smith scholars, and nonspecialists who are simply interested in learning more about them. Rasmussen weaves textual evidence from these sources into his narrative for readers to pore over and judge for themselves. The result is a smoothly plotted narrative that gives readers — regardless of the depth and scope of their prior knowledge — a rich sense of who Smith and Hume were, who they were to each other, and who they were to Scotland and Europe in the eighteenth century. Some readers might wonder why he focuses his attention here, when so much scholarship attends to other intersections in their scholarship — their work in moral philosophy and political economy in particular.
Second, due in part to their apparently dissimilar religious views, Rasmussen argues. I do not doubt but it will be likewise stimulating for you? This sugges? Touching and illuminating.
About this article. Muller, author of Adam Smith in His Time and Ours: Designing the Decent Society "In this impressive account of the close relationship between the two giants of the Scottish Enlightenment? Man as specie has evolved and keeps evolving just as the world around him has undergone its fair share of change. Print Friendly.
Rasmussen Lauren Kopajtic Dennis C. Princeton: Princeton University Press, The philosophical friendship between David Hume and Adam Smith spanned almost thirty years and influenced several of the greatest productions of the Scottish Enlightenment, but it has never before been the subject of a book-length study. Two of the most important themes tackled by Rasmussen throughout his book are the respective views of Hume and Smith on religion and the effects of religious belief on human societies, and their views on political economy and commercial society. As one might expect, Hume and Smith turn out to be much closer than they might appear from a consideration of only their published writings.
One might argue that this difference is grounded in varying views concerning the passions. It is a good and quick read and reminder. In a well-paced and beautifully written narrative, he demonstrates the same wit and genuine affection for his subjects that he proves characterized their relationship. Smith, was considered more mainstream in his religious views and largely left alone. It is anchored in weighty scholarship but not burdened by excessive demonstrations of it.
Dennis C. Many of our ebooks are available through library electronic resources including these platforms:. The story of the greatest of all philosophical friendships—and how it influenced modern thought. 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 most of their adult lives, sharing what Dennis Rasmussen calls the greatest of all philosophical friendships.