Liberty and Equality in Adam Smith

READING LIST


Session I: Sympathy and Impartial Spectator

·      Otteson, James R. Adam Smith’s Marketplace of Life. New York City: Cambridge University Press, 2002.  Chapter 1, "Adam Smith's Moral Theory, Part One: Sympathy and the Impartial Spectator Procedure".  Page(s): 13-64.


Session II: Adam Smith's Virtues

·      Hanley, Ryan Patrick. Adam Smith and the Character of Virtue. New York City: Cambridge University Press, 2009.  Chapter 1, "The Problem: Commerce and Corruption" and Chapter 2, "The Solution: Moral Philosophy".  Page(s): 15-81.


Session III: Adam Smith's Problem?

·      Montes, Leonidas. Adam Smith in Context: A Critical Reassessment of some Central Components of His Thought. New York City: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.  Chapter 2, "Das Adam Smith Problem: Its Origins and the Debate".  Page(s): 15-56.


Session IV: Politics, Economics, and the Invisible Hand

·      Rothschild, Emma. Economic Sentiments: Adam Smith, Condorcet, and the Enlightenment. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2001.  Chapter 5, "The Bloody and Invisible Hand".  Page(s): 116-156.


Session V: Human Nature, Division of Labor and the Market

·      Fleischacker, Samuel. On Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005.  Chapter Five, "Self-Interest".  Page(s): 84-103.

·      Den Uyl, Douglas. “Critical Notice: Samuel Fleischacker, On Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations: A Philosophical Companion.” The Journal of Scottish Philosophy 3, no. (2) (2005): 171-180. 

·      Fleischacker, Samuel. “Response to Den Uyl.” The Journal of Scottish Philosophy 4, no. (2) (2006): 173-176. 

·      Murphy, James Bernard. The Moral Economy of Labor: Aristotelian Themes in Economic Theory. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993.  Chapter 5, "The Social and the Technical Division of Labor in Classical Political Economy".  Page(s): 149-187.


Session VI: Liberty and/or Equality

·      Otteson, James R. “Adam Smith and Liberty.” Revista Centro de Estudios Publicos 104 (Spring 2006): 1-34. 

·      Fleischacker, Samuel. “Adam Smith and Equality.” Revista Centro de Estudios Publicos 104 (Spring 2006): 1-23.