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The Smith Questionnaire

The Smith Questionnaire


Watch as we subject some of our favorite scholars to some silly questions about Smith.

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A Modern Lawyer and Smith’s Lectures on Jurisprudence, Part 2

A Modern Lawyer and Smith’s Lectures on Jurisprudence, Part 2

Ensuring justice in a complex world is a daunting task. But it is the fundamental duty and the true raison d’etre of every sovereign, every elected body, and every legitimate political regime of whatever character or constitution. 

A Modern Lawyer and Smith's Lectures on Jurisprudence, Part 1



Reading Adam Smith’s 1766 Lectures on Jurisprudence is a humbling experience for a modern lawyer because Smith, a non-lawyer, seems to have been a veritable bar-review course in 18th century common law. 

In Praise of Luxury: Hume's “Of Refinement in the Arts”

In Praise of Luxury: Hume's "Of Refinement in the Arts"

Certainly, we know luxury can be taken to excess, and that it how we most often think of it. But Hume points out that its denial can also be excessive.

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AdamSmithWorks is pleased to offer Virtual Reading Groups on a variety of topics related to Adam Smith. Our Virtual Reading Groups are designed to gather interested individuals interested in serious and civil discussion.

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