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 January 22, 2020

A Modern Scientist Considers Smith’s History of Astronomy

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AdamSmithWorks January 9, 2020

Adam Smith and T. Robert Malthus

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AdamSmithWorks December 18, 2019

Adam Smith on Education: Schooling

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Scholarly Bibiographies

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Clarissa Explains It All: Adam Smith and the Eighteenth-Century Novel in Letters

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AdamSmithWorks November 27, 2019

Happy Smithsgiving!

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figcaption class"attachmentcaption"/figcaption **What would Adam Smith think of that particularly American holiday, Thanksgiving?**

November 26, 2019

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Adam Smith and Aristotle

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Adam Smith on Moral Education

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AdamSmithWorks October 25, 2019

What Would Adam Smith Say?

About greed? About morality?

figcaption class"attachment__caption"/figcaption Help students apply Adam Smith's ideas to contemporary issues.

AdamSmithWorks October 25, 2019

What Motivates Us?

Does Adam Smith contradict himself in his two major works???

figcaption class"attachment__caption"/figcaption In this lesson, the students test Smith’s ideas on sympathy by playing a famous game in economics and ethics known as the Ultimatum Game. 

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