Dennis C. Rasmussen

Professor, Political Science

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Contact Information
dcrasmus@maxwell.syr.edu

313B Maxwell Hall
(315) 443-5877

Degree

Ph.D., Duke University, 2005

Specialties

Political theory, history of political thought

Courses

Political Theory
Capitalism, For and Against
Foundations of American Political Thought

 

Biography

Dennis C. Rasmussen is a political theorist whose research focuses primarily on the Enlightenment and on the virtues and shortcomings of liberal democracy and market capitalism. He received his Ph.D. from Duke University in 2005 and his B.A. from Michigan State University’s James Madison College in 2000, and he has also held positions at Tufts University, the University of Houston, Brown University, and Bowdoin College. His books include 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 is currently working on a book on the disillusionment of America’s founders.