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America's Founding Secret: What the Scottish Enlightenment Taught Our
In the history of America's founding, the names of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and other
founding fathers loom large.
But few Americans today would recognize the role played by such men as Francis Hutchinson, Adam Smith, Thomas
Reid, Dugald Stewart, David Hume, and other philosophers of the Scottish Enlightenment.
Nevertheless our founding fathers and this nation owe a fundamental debt to this extraordinary group of Scottish
thinkers. America's founders gleaned the philosophical underpinnings for America's government in the works of the
Scottish Enlightenment and defined the intent to promote economic programs based on the notions of private capital
means that they expounded.
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