Magazine November 15, 2010, Issue

Northern Light

Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life, by Nicholas Phillipson (Yale, 345 pp., $32.50)

In modern American liberal-arts colleges, the Scottish Enlightenment tends to get short shrift. Except in specialized courses focused on the intellectual history of the 18th century at the few institutions where these are offered, David Hume, Adam Smith, and lesser lights — such as Adam Ferguson, William Robertson, John Millar, Lord Kames, and Dugald Stewart — generally pass unread, and all too often they go unmentioned as well. This is in part due to the fact that — like Montaigne and Montesquieu, intellectual giants who are similarly neglected — the Scots were inclined to write books too long to be

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