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Why David Hume and Adam Smith were the original odd couple

The engines of the enlightenment

By Jesse Norman   September 2017

Coolly scepitcal: A monument to David Hume on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh

The date of 4th July 1776 has other claims to fame, of course. But while Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and their fellow revolutionaries were meeting in Philadelphia to publish the Declaration of Independence and launch a new nation, across the Atlantic a private gathering of even greater intellectual distinction was in progress.

David Hume was dying. Slipping away fast; so fast indeed that in February he told his great friend Adam Smith that he…

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