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…

Interactive Pin Factory


Why Adam Smith Belongs in The Good Place: Part 2

Heather King for AdamSmithWorksWhy is Eleanor so flawed at the beginning of The Good Place? As we learn through flashbacks, it is for the very reasons Adam Smith might hypothesize.


An Animal That Trades

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


Clarissa Explains It All: Adam Smith and the Eighteenth-Century Novel in Letters

Shannon Chamberlain for AdamSmithWorksDecember 4, 2019

Essays by Theme

Explore our collection of original essays, available ONLY at AdamSmithWorks


Teaching Resources... Right to your Inbox!

Did you miss our November collection... Adam Smith and the American Founding?Don't miss our December collection... Click here to join our list!


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

Smith, Hume, Liberalism, and Esotericism

Papers for a special issue of Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.This collection includes fourteen papers (eleven focused on Smith, three on Hume) proposed for this special issue.Feedback on the papers was provided at a conference (November 2018) on early drafts by, among others, Dennis Rasmussen, Brandon Turner, Nelson Lund, Richard Boyd, Peter McNamara, Jerry Weinberger, and Arthur Melzer.Feedback welcome: Esoteric interpretation is an affair inherently uncertain and hazardous. Feedback will be much appreciated. Email addresses for each author are provided.