The thinker whose name is most clearly identified with political liberalism isThe thinker whose name is most clearly identified with political liberalism is A. Adam Smith B. Robert Owen C....

The thinker whose name is most clearly identified with political liberalism is

The thinker whose name is most clearly identified with political liberalism is

A. Adam Smith

B. Robert Owen

C. Friedrich Engels

D. John Stuart Mill

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Since your question clearly specifies that you are asking about political liberalism, the best answer to this question is D.

The only possible answers here are A and D.  Robert Owen is best known as a utopian socialist and is therefore not really a political liberal in the classical sense (as described in the link below).  Engels was a Marxist and is therefore clearly not interested in liberalism.

Of the other two, Mill is the better answer than Smith.  This is because Smith was not really particularly interested in politics.  Smith was certainly an economic liberal who pushed for people to have broad economic rights.  Mill, however, is much more interested in political liberalism.  This is why he is listed in the link below as a major figure in liberalism.

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