The Pragmatic Enlightenment

The Pragmatic Enlightenment 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

  • Title: The Pragmatic Enlightenment
  • Author: Dennis C. Rasmussen
  • ISBN: 9781107045002
  • Page: 370
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 againsThis 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 idealistic Enlightenment figures who tend to have followers today, such as John Locke, Immanuel Kant, and Jeremy Bentham Professor Rasmussen argues that Hume, Smith, Montesquieu, and Voltaire exemplify an especially attractive type of liberalism, one that is realistic, moderate, flexible, and contextually sensitive than most other branches of this tradition.

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