Dennis C. Rasmussen is professor of political science at Tufts University.
oeA charming work. Alex Massie, The Times oeA remarkable combination of page-turner and serious intellectual history, The Infidel and the Professor is enormously enlightening and impossible to put down. William Easterly, author of The Tyranny of Experts oeAdam Smith and David Hume were two of the world (TM)s greatest thinkers. The joy of their friendship infuses every page of this marvelous book, which will make you love them both, as thinkers and people. If only one could have been at one of Hume (TM)s dinner parties! Angus Deaton, Nobel Prize winning economist oeArgu[es] convincingly and engagingly that there is ~no higher example of a philosophical friendship in the entire Western tradition. (TM) Ruth Scurr, Wall Street Journal oeA vivid portrait of the intellectual life of 18th-century Scotland. . . . Touching and illuminating. Jonathan A. Knee, New York Times oeA wonderfully written book about a beautiful friendship. Tyler Cowen, Bloomberg View One of Project Syndicate (TM)s Best Reads in 2017 (chosen by Kaushik Basu) Selected for Bloomberg View (TM)s oeMust-Reads of 2017: From Space to Chinese Noir One of The Guardian (TM)s Best Books of 2017 One of The Australian Review (TM)s 2017 Books of the Year Shortlisted for the 2018 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award, Phi Beta Kappa Society