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 September 15, 2020

Scottish Christianity Before the 18th Century

Paul Mueller for AdamSmithWorks September 16, 2020

AdamSmithWorks September 3, 2020

Adam Smith and the U.S. Constitution

In this lesson, students read and discuss an essay by the Nobel Prize-winning economist Douglass North. They learn how Adam Smith’s ideas influenced the thinking of the Founders who wrote the U.S. Constitution. Next, the students work in groups to do an exercise that involves a more in-depth discussion of the economic features of the Constitution using new examples. 

AdamSmithWorks September 2, 2020

Heaven and Earth: Points of Convergence in the Arts and Adam Smith

Robert Edward Gordon and Daniel Asia for AdamSmithWorks September 2, 2020

AdamSmithWorks August 19, 2020

Adam Smith, Inclination, and Need: A Re-interpretation of Self-Interest

Catherine Pakaluk for AdamSmithWorks By Andrea Vanni -, Public Domain, 19, 2020

AdamSmithWorks August 18, 2020

Finding the Optimal Meal Plan

This lesson helps students to understand the importance of trade-offs and constraints in the context of planning what to eat for the week. A paired reading from Wealth of Nations helps learners practice reading complex texts and extension exercises apply the concept learned. This lesson is appropriate for at-home learning.

AdamSmithWorks August 12, 2020

Book IV, Chapter 7

Of Colonies

AdamSmithWorks August 5, 2020

Adam Smith in Theological Perspective

Jordan Ballor for AdamSmithWorks National Trust / Public domainAugust 5, 2020

AdamSmithWorks August 5, 2020

Adam Smith on Religion

Samuel Fleischackerfor AdamSmithWorks August 5, 2020

AdamSmithWorks July 22, 2020

La primera referencia directa a La Riqueza de las Naciones en Buenos Aires: 1797

Alvaro Perpere Viñuales 22 de Julio 2020

AdamSmithWorks July 22, 2020

The early reception of the WN in Buenos Aires: 1797

Alvaro Perpere Viñuales Emeric Essex Vidal (1791-1861) / Public domainJuly 22, 2020

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