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Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Adam Smith: A Philosophical Encounter

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2018.03.08 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Charles L. Griswold, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Adam Smith: A Philosophical Encounter, Routledge, 2018, 275pp., $95.00, ISBN 9781138218956. Reviewed by James R. Otteson, Wake Forest University This is a sophisticated, complex book. Those familiar with Griswold's earlier work -- for example, his Adam Smith and the Virtues of Enlightenment (1999) or his Forgiveness: A Philosophical Exploration (2007) -- will have come to expect the combination of close reading of primary texts, vast familiarity with secondary literature, and subtle and careful reasoning that is on display in this book. It is not suitable for general audiences or for readers looking for overviews or summaries of Rousseau or Smith, however: it requires focused attention, and without wide background familiarity with Rousseau's and Smith's works, much of its discussion may be difficult to follow and evaluate. For readers with the requisite. . .

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