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The Resource The infidel and the professor : David Hume, Adam Smith, and the friendship that shaped modern thought, Dennis C. Rasmussen

The infidel and the professor : David Hume, Adam Smith, and the friendship that shaped modern thought, Dennis C. Rasmussen

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The infidel and the professor : David Hume, Adam Smith, and the friendship that shaped modern thought
Title
The infidel and the professor
Title remainder
David Hume, Adam Smith, and the friendship that shaped modern thought
Statement of responsibility
Dennis C. Rasmussen
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
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 friends for most of their adult lives, sharing what Dennis Rasmussen calls the greatest of all philosophical friendships. The Infidel and the Professor tells the story of the friendship of these towering Enlightenment thinkers--and how it influenced their world-changing ideas. The book follows Hume and Smith's relationship from their first meeting in 1749 until Hume's death in 1776. It describes how they commented on each other's writings, supported each other's careers and literary ambitions, and advised each other on personal matters, most notably after Hume's quarrel with Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Members of a vibrant intellectual scene in Enlightenment Scotland, Hume and Smith made many of the same friends (and enemies), joined the same clubs, and were interested in many of the same subjects well beyond philosophy and economics--from psychology and history to politics and Britain's conflict with the American colonies. The book reveals that Smith's private religious views were considerably closer to Hume's public ones than is usually believed. It also shows that Hume contributed more to economics--and Smith contributed more to philosophy--than is generally recognized
Cataloging source
PUL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1978-
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Rasmussen, Dennis Carl
Dewey number
192
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
B1497
LC item number
.R37 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Hume, David
  • Smith, Adam
  • Philosophy, Modern
Label
The infidel and the professor : David Hume, Adam Smith, and the friendship that shaped modern thought, Dennis C. Rasmussen
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-307) and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Dearest friends -- The cheerful skeptic (1711-1749) -- Encountering Hume (1723-1749) -- A budding friendship (1750-1754) -- The historian and the Kirk (1754-1759) -- Theorizing the moral sentiments (1759) -- Fêted in France (1759-1766) -- Quarrel with a wild philosopher (1766-1767) -- Mortally sick at sea (1767-1775) -- Inquiring into the Wealth of Nations (1776) -- Dialoguing about natural religion (1776) -- A philosopher's death (1776) -- Ten times more abuse (1776-1777) -- Smith's final years in Edinburgh (1777-1790) -- Hume's My Own Life and Smith's Letter from Adam Smith, LL.D. to William Strahan, Esq
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiii, 316 pages
Isbn
9780691177014
Lccn
2017936619
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • on1002066230
  • (OCoLC)1002066230
Label
The infidel and the professor : David Hume, Adam Smith, and the friendship that shaped modern thought, Dennis C. Rasmussen
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-307) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Dearest friends -- The cheerful skeptic (1711-1749) -- Encountering Hume (1723-1749) -- A budding friendship (1750-1754) -- The historian and the Kirk (1754-1759) -- Theorizing the moral sentiments (1759) -- Fêted in France (1759-1766) -- Quarrel with a wild philosopher (1766-1767) -- Mortally sick at sea (1767-1775) -- Inquiring into the Wealth of Nations (1776) -- Dialoguing about natural religion (1776) -- A philosopher's death (1776) -- Ten times more abuse (1776-1777) -- Smith's final years in Edinburgh (1777-1790) -- Hume's My Own Life and Smith's Letter from Adam Smith, LL.D. to William Strahan, Esq
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiii, 316 pages
Isbn
9780691177014
Lccn
2017936619
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • on1002066230
  • (OCoLC)1002066230

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