AdamSmithWorks Reading Groups

AdamSmithWorks is pleased to offer Reading Groups on a variety of topics related to Adam Smith. Our Reading Groups are designed to gather individuals interested in serious and civil discussion.

Online Reading Groups: #SmithWorksReads

Our online-only reading groups conducted via ASW's Facebook and Twitter platforms. Readers can follow using the hashtag #SmithWorksReads on twitter and/or join our Facebook discussion group.

Join us in July as we read Adam Smith in His Time and Ours, by Jerry Z. Muller.

Who was Adam Smith? What was the nature of his character and of his ideas? Does Smith’s moral philosophy coherently intersect with the economic ideas he is perhaps best known for advocating?

Who have Smith’s leading interpreters been, and what have their perspectives illuminated--as well as obscured--about his life and work?

Schedule of Readings:

Week 1: Starting July 13
  • Preface, Introduction, and Part I (Chapters 1-3) “Adam Smith in His Time”

Week 2: July 20
  • Part II (Chapters 4-13) “Designing the Decent Society”

Week 3: July 27
  • Part III (Chapters 14-16) “From Smith’s Time to Ours”

Virtual Reading Groups (VRGs): #SmithWorksReads

Each Virtual Reading Group will focus on a particular Smithian topic, and a common set of readings will form the basis for our weekly 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! In fact, these reading groups are designed to be appropriate for people engaging with Adam Smith for the first time as well as for established Smith enthusiasts. 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!


June VRG: Adam Smith and Spontaneous Order, with Professor Steven Horwitz

Schedule of Sessions & Reading:

Tuesday, June 9, 3-4pm EST: 
Spontaneous Order and the Invisible Hand
Tuesday, June16, 3-4pm EST:  Spontaneous Order as the Method of the Social Sciences
Tuesday, June 23, 3-4pm EST:  Spontaneous Order, the Market, and the Great Society

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