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Smith, Hume, Liberalism, and Esotericism

Papers for a special issue of Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.

This collection includes fourteen papers (eleven focused on Smith, three on Hume) proposed for this special issue.

Feedback on the papers was provided at a conference (November 2018) on early drafts  by, among others, Dennis Rasmussen, Brandon Turner, Nelson Lund, Richard Boyd, Peter McNamara, Jerry Weinberger, and Arthur Melzer.

Feedback welcome: Esoteric interpretation is an affair inherently uncertain and hazardous. Feedback will be much appreciated. Email addresses for each author are provided.

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The ASW Scholars’ Portal is an online work-and-gathering space for Smith scholars. Its features include:

  • ability to upload working papers for comment, and to comment on others' papers
  • online open-discussion forum
  • ability to create and contribute to collaborative documents such as reading lists, annotated bibliographies, and a "Smithopaedia"

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Advisory Council

Executive Advisory Council

  • Samuel W. Fleischacker, University of Illinois  
  • Ryan Hanley, Marquette University 
  • Leonidas Montes, Universidad Adolfo Ibañez School of Government (Chile)   
  • James R. Otteson, Wake Forest University  
  • Maria Paganelli, Trinity University  
  • Michelle Schwarze, University of Wisconsin at Madison  
  • Craig Smith, University of Glasgow (UK)  
  • Vernon Smith, Chapman University  

Advisory Council

  • Carlos Rodríguez Braun, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)  
  • Vivienne Brown, Open University (UK)  
  • Jeng-Guo Chen, Academia Sinica (Taiwan)  
  • Jerry M. Evensky, Syracuse University  
  • Fonna Forman, University of California- San Diego  
  • Charles L. Griswold, Boston University  
  • Lisa Herzog, Oxford University (Germany)  
  • Dan Klein, George Mason University  
  • David M. Levy, George Mason University 
  • Sandra J. Peart, University of Richmond  
  • Dennis C. Rasmussen, Tufts University  
  • Eric S. Schliesser, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)