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 April 1, 2020

Adam Smith and the American Founding: The Theory of Moral Sentiments as a Field Guide to the Pursuit of Happiness

by Sarah Morgan Smith for AdamSmithWorks

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AdamSmithWorks March 30, 2020

Online Teaching Tips

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AdamSmithWorks March 27, 2020

Toilet Paper Wars!

figcaption class"attachment__caption"/figcaptionThis economics lesson is designed to be conversational and relies on materials in the home in order to accommodate parents thrust into an involuntary home learning environment as well as online educators. 

AdamSmithWorks March 26, 2020

Online Teaching Tips

AdamSmithWorks March 18, 2020

A Short History of Scotland Before the Scottish Enlightenment

Paul Mueller for AdamSmithWorks

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AdamSmithWorks March 5, 2020

Drawn to Industry and Idleness: Hogarth and Smith

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AdamSmithWorks February 22, 2020

Trade for the Win!

This lesson allows students to experience the benefits of trade that Adam Smith wrote about in An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.  figcaption class"attachment__caption"/figcaption Students participate in a trade simulation that measures the variation in benefits received (utility) in a variety of rounds from no trade to free trade.  

AdamSmithWorks February 21, 2020

Essential Scholars: Adam Smith

A book and video series available at no cost from the Fraser Institute.

AdamSmithWorks February 21, 2020

The Invisible Hand

A video and lesson plan from

AdamSmithWorks February 21, 2020

Book I, Chapter X

Of Wages and Profit in the Different Employments of Labour and Stock

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