Dennis Rasmussen

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Tufts University
Dept. of Political Science
Packard Hall
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.4804
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Professor and Department Chair

Political Theory

Ph.D., Duke University, 2005

Dennis Rasmussen teaches courses in the history of political philosophy, contemporary political theory, and American political thought. His research interests center on the Enlightenment and on the virtues and shortcomings of liberal democracy and market capitalism. He is the author of The Infidel and the Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith, and the Friendship That Shaped Modern Thought (Princeton University Press, 2017), The Pragmatic Enlightenment: Recovering the Liberalism of Hume, Smith, Montesquieu, and Voltaire (Cambridge University Press, 2014), and The Problems and Promise of Commercial Society: Adam Smith's Response to Rousseau (Penn State University Press, 2008). He has also edited a volume centering on a short but important work by Adam Smith, the Letter from Adam Smith, LL.D. to William Strahan, Esq., and co-edited a volume of essays on Adam Smith and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. He is currently working on a book on the disillusionment of America's founders. He received his PhD from Duke University in 2005 and his BA from Michigan State University's James Madison College in 2000.

PS 004-02 - First-Year Tutorial: Capitalism, For and Against
PS 42/Phil 42 - Western Political Thought II
PS 105 - Constitutional Law
PS 144 - The Meaning of America
PS 149 - Contemporary Political Theory
PS 154 - Romanticism and Revolution: The Political Philosophy of Rousseau
PS 157 - Seminar: Markets, Morals, and Religion: The Political Theory of David Hume and Adam Smith