What Adam Smith Can Teach Us About Civil Discourse (April 2019)

April 2019

with Tawni Ferrarini

Session 1: Introduction

3 April, 6:00 p.m. EDT 

Session 2:  - Smith’s System of Mutual Sympathy

10 April, 6:00 p.m. EDT 
Reading: Part I, Section I “Of the Sense of Propriety,” Chapters I-V (Liberty Fund paperback edition, pp. 9-26)

Session 3: The importance of judgement

17 April, 6:00 p.m. EDT 
Reading: Part II Section 1 "Of the Sense of Merit and Demerit", Introduction and Chapter 1 (Liberty Fund paperback edition, pp. 67–69); 
Part II Section 2 "Of Justice and Beneficence" (pp. 78–91)

Session 4:  When we fail to sympathize

24 April, 6:00 p.m. EDT 
Reading: Part 1, Section 3, “Of the Effects of Prosperity and Adversity upon the Judgment of Mankind with regard to the Propriety of Action; and why it is more easy to obtain their Approbation in the one state than in the other”, chapters 2–3 (Liberty Fund paperback edition, pp. 50–66)