ADAM SMITH’S ENLIGHTENED WORLD

Commerce, morality, equality, the rule of law, and the role of government… Welcome to the world of Adam Smith.

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Speaking of Smith

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Review: Skjönsberg on Sagar's Adam Smith Reconsidered

Max Skjönsberg for AdamSmithWorks Conjectural Historian? Moral Philosopher? Political Economist? What is and should be Adam Smith's place in the history of ideas? June 29, 2022

Peter Van Doren on Energy Independence

Peter Van Doren with Juliette Sellgren

Dear Adam Smith: Besieged Bookworm

"Who's right? My mom or me?" asks a Besieged Bookworm whose mom wants to control her reading. Adam Smith shares his advice on reading things that might make you uneasy or sad.

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#WealthofTweets: Book V

Of the Revenue of the Sovereign of Commonwealth

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Review: Skjönsberg on Sagar's Adam Smith Reconsidered

Max Skjönsberg for AdamSmithWorks Conjectural Historian? Moral Philosopher? Political Economist? What is and should be Adam Smith's place in the history of ideas? June 29, 2022

A Brief Biography of Adam Smith

by James R. Otteson for AdamSmithWorks

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About Our Reading Guides

The AdamSmithWorks reading guides use three types of questions and highlighting to help guide readers.

An Animal That Trades Video Series

A five-part short video series on the life and contemporary relevance of Adam Smith with complementary questions for discussion.

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Essays on Philosophical Subjects

Reflecting Adam Smith’s wide learning and varied interests, these essays shed considerable light on his place in the Scottish Enlightenment. Included are histories of astronomy, ancient logic, and ancient physics; essays on the “imitative” arts and the affinity between music, dancing, and poetry; and a critical review of Samuel Johnson’s famous Dictionary, which Smith originally published in the Edinburgh Review (1755–1756).

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 awillis@libertyfund.org.