Virtual Reading Groups

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 srogers@libertyfund.org


FEBRUARY VRG: ADAM SMITH AND JANE AUSTEN, WITH PROFESSOR CAROLINE BREASHEARS


Session 1 (February 13, 3:30-4:30 pm EST)
Austen, Jane. Persuasion. 1818. Ed. Patricia Meyer Spacks. 2nd ed. Norton, 2013. Chapters I-VII, pages 1-45.


Smith, Adam. The Theory of Moral Sentiments. Ed. D. D. Raphael and A. L. Macfie. Liberty Fund, 1982.
  •  I. iii.3: "Of the corruption of our moral sentiments, which is occasioned by this disposition to admire the rich and great, and to despise or neglect persons of poor and mean condition." Pages 61-66.
  • VI.i. "Of the Character of the Individual, so far as it affects his own Happiness; or of Prudence." Pages 212-17.
  • VI. iii. "Of Self-command." Pages 237-264.


Session 2 (February 20, 3:30-4:30 pm EST)
Austen, Jane. Persuasion. 1818. Ed. Patricia Meyer Spacks. 2nd ed. Norton, 2013. Chapters VIII-XIII. Pages 45-90.


Smith, Adam. The Theory of Moral Sentiments. Ed. D. D. Raphael and A. L. Macfie. Liberty Fund, 1982.  Part I, Section i: "Of the Sense of Propriety." Pages 9-26.


Session 3 (February 27, 3:30-4:30 pm EST)
Austen, Jane. Persuasion. 1818. Ed. Patricia Meyer Spacks.  2nd ed. Norton, 2013. Chapters XIV-XX. Pages 91-135.
 
Smith, Adam.  The Theory of Moral Sentiments. Ed. D. D. Raphael and A. L. Macfie. Liberty Fund, 1982. 
  •  V. ii. "Of the Influence of Custom and Fashion upon Moral Sentiments." Pages 200-204.
  • VI.ii. Introduction-Chapter 1: "Of the Order in which Individuals are recommended by Nature to our care and attention." Pages 218-27.

Smith, Adam. Lectures of Rhetoric and Belles-Lettres. Ed. J. C. Bryce. Liberty Fund, 1985.
  • Lecture 8.  Pages 40-47. 


Session 4 (March 5, 3:30-4:30 pm EST)
Austen, Jane. Persuasion. 1818. Ed. Patricia Meyer Spacks.  2nd ed. Norton, 2013. Chapters XXI-XXIV.  Pages 135-178.
 
Smith, Adam.  The Theory of Moral Sentiments. Ed. D. D. Raphael and A. L. Macfie. Liberty Fund, 1982. III.i.-ii.  Pages 109-134.
 
Smith, Adam. Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles-Lettres. Ed. J. C. Bryce. Liberty Fund, 1985. Lecture 11. Pages 55-61 and Lecture 12. Pages 62-66. 



To register or for more information, please contact Shelly Rogers at srogers@libertyfund.org





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