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Adam Smith As Solon: Accommodating, not Abandoning Liberty

Michael Clark and Luke Hollister for AdamSmithWorks A wise leader considers what the public can bear, not just what he thinks would otherwise be best. Clark and Hollister show Smith's Solonic side as Smith edits his works and responds to the world around him. "The socialist or fascist is more prone to this folly, but a liberal may also qualify as a man of system if he makes his doctrine his vanity." Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Economic Freedom on the Reservation: A Conversation with Thomas Stratmann

Thomas Stratmann with Juliette Sellgren March 1, 2024

Kristi Kendall on Filmmaking and Documenting Our Divisions

Kristi Kendall with Juliette Sellgren February 22, 2024

On the objective-functions of firms and consumers

Thelmo Vargas-Madrigal for AdamSmithWorks What should people in business maximize? Thelmo Vargas-Madrigal gives a brief tour of famous thinkers who have tried to answer that question and picks his winners and losers.

Sobre los objetivos de las empresas y de los consumidores

Thelmo Vargas-Madrigal para AdamSmithWorks "Desde la perspectiva de política pública, la historia ha demostrado que la visión de Karl Marx sobre cómo optimizar el bienestar de la sociedad era errónea, mientras que la de Adam Smith era correcta e inspiradora."

Off the Air But On the Record with Alain Bertaud

Juliette Sellgren for AdamSmithWorks Marvel at how a conversation about famously disruptive buildings turned into one about Adam Smith and trust in society.


An Animal That Trades

A five-part short video series on the life and contemporary relevance of Adam Smith.


Self-Interest Implies Self-Governance but Does Not Guarantee It

Michael Munger for AdamSmithWorks [S]ociety cannot subsist unless the laws of justice are (mostly) observed as a matter of convention, so that everyone knows that everyone knows how to act, and will act justly, without being forced to do so. An orderly and flourishing society is “agreeable,” just for its own sake, and because of our self-interest in being a member of such a society. We take pleasure at observing this order, and this flourishing. January 10, 2024

Cities as Centers of Innovation: Lessons from Edinburgh and Paris

Chelsea Follett for AdamSmithWorks Where and when does progress happen? Certain places at certain times are special and Follett show why with two examples close to the life of Adam Smith: Edinburgh, Scotland and Paris, France.


Division of Labor Toolkit

Tackling the division of labor in your classroom? Let us help you start with Adam Smith.

Teaching through the Year: Seasonal Readings and Activities

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Activity: Commerce and care

A comic strip to spark discussion of Adam Smith's "the butcher, the brewer, and the baker", and of how our care for each other is affected by money.

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The Theory of Moral Sentiments

The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Smith’s first and in his own mind most important work, outlines his view of proper conduct and the institutions and sentiments that make men virtuous. He develops his doctrine of the impartial spectator, whose hypothetical disinterested judgment we use to distinguish right from wrong in any given situation.

Scholars’ Portal

How to Join the Portal

The ASW Scholars’ Portal is an online work-and-gathering space for Smith scholars. Its features include:

  • ability to upload working papers for comment, and to comment on others' papers
  • online open-discussion forum
  • ability to create and contribute to collaborative documents such as reading lists, annotated bibliographies, and a "Smithopaedia"
To be considered for access to the portal, please contact us with your ideas and CV at