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 interested individuals interested in serious and civil discussion.

Asynchronous Reading Groups (ARGs): #SmithWorksReads

ARGs are 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.

Our Next ARG: Essays on Philosophical Subjects

Beginning January 13, we'll start our next ARG discussion selections from Smith's Essays on Philosophical Subjects
The Reading Schedule is as Follows:

  • Week of January 13, History of Astronomy (pp. 33-105)
  • Week of January 20, Of the External Senses (pp. 135-170)
  • Week of January 27,Of the  Imitative Arts (pp. 176-209)

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.

To register or for more information, please contact Shelly Rogers at

Upcoming Sessions:

  • February, 2020: Adam Smith and Jane Austen, with Caroline Breashears

Stay tuned for more VRG announcements coming soon!