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McCloskey’s Narrative and Jurisprudence

Daniel B. Klein for AdamSmithWorks In this essay, Klein focuses on the crucial concepts of jural theory and jurisprudence was and how these relate to McCloskey's work on the Great Enrichment. Whatever the reasons for its neglect, the jural theory of Grotius and others clarified and still clarifies the liberty that is at the center of what Smith called “the liberal plan.”--Wednesday May 25, 2022--

Would Adam Smith Have Supported the Jones Act?

Jon Murphy for AdamSmithWorks Writing at the Center for International Maritime Security, analyst Michael Purzycki argues Smith would have supported the Jones Act. Jon Murphy disagrees and gives Smith the nuance he deserves.


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Finding the Optimal Meal Plan

This lesson helps students to understand the importance of trade-offs and constraints in the context of planning what to eat for the week. A paired reading from Wealth of Nations helps learners practice reading complex texts and extension exercises apply the concept learned. This lesson is appropriate for at-home learning.


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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.

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"
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