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Why is Adam Smith important today?

Explore the resources here for contemporary applications of Adam Smith’s work and deeper analysis of his works and world.

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Adam Smith and Stadial Theory

John Burrow for AdamSmithWorks

Not only was this Stadial Theory of civilization helpful for understanding history and the past, it also allowed Smith to make sense of Scotland’s political, economic, and social transformations in the 18th century.

THE Imitative Arts: Some Fun with Adam Smith's Artistic Opinions

Maryann Corbett for AdamSmithWorks

In his essay on the arts, Smith says much that now looks wrong, but his questionable claims might be the most interesting things he has to say.

The Unexpected Joy of Sharing Sadness

Shal Marriott for AdamSmithWorks


There are many lessons to be taken away from The Theory of Moral Sentiments... Yet an unexpected but important takeaway, is that we all should take a little bit more time to be sad.

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.