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

What can we learn about our own world from Smith? Join the workers in an 18th century pin factory to find out more…

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Smith's Assembler

Rachel Lomasky for AdamSmithWorks"Division of labor and good software design share the foundation of modularity: small building blocks composed together to become more than the sum of their parts."


An Animal That Trades

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


Adam Smith on Moral Education

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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.

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