Liberty, understood through free markets, limited government, and the rule of law, is exemplified in the writings of Adam Smith.

Adam Smith’s Enlightened World is a project of Liberty Fund made possible by the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

Begin an exploration of the Smithian tradition of “natural liberty” in an interactive experience of one of his most famous examples; the pin factory, and browse an assortment of online content centered around Adam Smith.

Life & Times | Explore the ideas of Adam Smith organized by theme. Multimedia resources (video, audio, animations, and essays) highlight the context and importance of Smith in his own time and how his insightful contributions apply to our world today.

Text Repository | Discover new insights from Adam Smith’s groundbreaking works, The Theory of Moral Sentiments and The Wealth of Nations. Online versions of Smith’s texts, along with the writings of related thinkers are available in a digital and mobile-responsive format.

Educational Resources | Learn practical, real-world applications of Adam Smith’s ideas using resources aimed to assist in understanding and teaching Smithian concepts such as the division of labor, moral sentiments, benefits of trade, and the invisible hand.

Scholars’ Portal | Research of Adam Smith’s work in economics, philosophy, political economy, psychology, scientific inquiry and other areas is ongoing. Academics interested in learning how to be involved with this project as a Smithian Scholar should click here to learn how to apply.

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AdamSmithWorks July 19, 2019

Adam Smith and Silas Marner: Heaps of Gold

by Elizabeth M. Hull for AdamSmithWorks

AdamSmithWorks July 17, 2019

TMS Reading Guide: Part I, Section III

Part I: Of the Propriety of Action Section III: Of the Effects of Prosperity and Adversity upon the Judgment of Mankind with regard to the Propriety of Action; and why it is more easy to obtain their Approbation in the one state than in the other

AdamSmithWorks July 16, 2019

TMS Reading Guide: Part I, Section II

Part I: Of the Propriety of Action Section II: Of the Degrees of the different Passions which are consistent with Propriety

AdamSmithWorks July 4, 2019

1776 and All That: Thomas Jefferson on Adam Smith [1]

by Hans L. Eicholz for AdamSmithWorks

AdamSmithWorks July 3, 2019

Adam Smith - Moral Sentiments and the Wealth of Nations

AdamSmithWorks July 1, 2019

Adam Smith in Hispanic America in the 19th century

by Jimena Hurtado for AdamSmithWorks

AdamSmithWorks June 21, 2019

An Animal That Trades Video Series

A five-part short video series on the life and contemporary relevance of Adam Smith.

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AdamSmithWorks June 14, 2019


AdamSmithWorks June 14, 2019

Adam Smith on Resentment

AdamSmithWorks June 12, 2019

Smithian Sympathy in the Arabian Nights

by Khalil M. Habib for AdamSmithWorks

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