Nicholas Phillipson: Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life: New Haven, CT: Yale University Press 346 pages

Philosophia 40 (4):919-922 (2012)
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This essay is my brief review of Nicholas Phillipson’s biography of Adam Smith. I discuss the highlights of his treatment of Smith’s fascinating life. Phillipson does a beautiful job of surveying Smith’s academic career. Especially useful is Phillipson’s discussion of the influence David Hume had on Smith’s thought, as well as the influences of Montesquieu, Samuel Johnson, Voltaire, Rousseau, and others.
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