Virtual Reading Groups

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AdamSmithWorks is pleased to offer Virtual Reading Groups designed to gather individuals interested in serious and civil discussion.

Our VRGs focus on a particular Smithian topic and a common set of readings will form the basis for our discussions. Each group is facilitated by a professional moderator and is conducted via the Zoom online platform.

Participation is offered at no-cost, and there is no need to be an expert on the topic for discussion!  The only requirement is that participants be eager to read and engage in conversation.

Participants who successfully complete all sessions will receive an e-gift certificate from Amazon.com!

Virtual Reading Groups resume in September!!!

 

Slavery in Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations with Janet Bufton


Tuesdays, September 14, 21, and 28, 2-3pm EDT
 
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Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations is most famous for its discussion of economics, but because his book on jurisprudence was never published and the manuscript burnt (alas!), it is also where most of Smith's published remarks on slavery and the slave trade can be found. Unlike some of his contemporaries, Smith was against slavery. Join us to read Smith's full discussion of slavery from An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, plus short selections of his comments on slavery from The Theory of Moral Sentiments and from student notes on his Lectures on Jurisprudence

Pre-registration is required. All readings are available online.



The sessions and readings are as follows:
Session One (Tuesday, September 14, 2:00–3:00 p.m. EDT)
  • The Theory of Moral Sentiments Part V Chapter 2, paragraphs 7–10 (“The different situations of different ages and countries are apt, in the same manner, to give different characters to the generality of those who live in them…” to “by such different standards do they judge of the propriety of behaviour.”)
  • Lectures on Jurisprudence, Part 1  § 3. Master and Servant
  • An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, Book I Chapter 8

Session Two (Tuesday, September 21,  2:00–3:00 p.m. EDT)
  • An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, Book III Chapter 2 and 
  • An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, Book IV Chapter 7 Part Second: Causes of the Prosperity of the new Colonies

Session Three (Tuesday, September 28, 2:00–3:00 p.m. EDT)
  • An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, Book V Chapter 3 paragraphs 47–92 (“The public funds of the different indebted nations of Europe, particularly those of England, have by one author been represented as the accumulation of a great capital superadded…” to the end.)
  • Discussion of all of the readings.






(P.S. While you're here, why not check out the Reading Groups offered through our sister site, Econlib?)