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Why Adam Smith Belong in "The Good Place"

Heather King for AdamSmithWorks



In a show about what it means to become morally good, Adam Smith’s absence is conspicuous. I’d like to suggest that Schur put Smith on his reading list, both because Smith is part of the larger philosophical conversation in which the show is engaged, and because Smith provides an explanation for the characters’ dilemma, as well as a way out.  

Adam Smith and Slavery

Mathew Lowenstein for AdamSmithWorks


...is he right on the economics? That is, are there instances when slave labor could, at least conceptually, more effectively mobilize and accumulate capital than free labor? 

ASW Reading Groups

An Opportunity for Reading and Thinking Together

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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The Smith Questionnaire

The Smith Questionnaire


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