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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.


ASW.horiz AdamSmithWorks features content centered around the works and ideas of the moral philosopher and founder of economics, Adam Smith. Resources include digital versions of his major works, scholarly essays, videos, and an interactive pin factory.

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AdamSmithWorks September 18, 2018

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"The Infidel and the Professor: The Friendship of Adam Smith & David Hume," by Dennis C. Rasmussen

AdamSmithWorks September 9, 2018

Glasgow Edition

AdamSmithWorks September 4, 2018

Propriety in Adam Smith- An Introduction

by Daniel B. Klein for AdamSmithWorks

AdamSmithWorks September 4, 2018

How much did Adam Smith care about the invisible hand?

‘The Invisible Hand’ is one of economics' most well-known phrases. But what did Adam Smith, the person credited with applying that phrase to economics, really mean when he used it? And how important was it to Smith's economic philosophy? Chicago Booth ethics professor John Paul Rollert digs into Smith's use of the phrase and examines it in the context of Smith's body of writing.

Via the Chicago Booth Review

AdamSmithWorks September 4, 2018

Adam Smith: What he thought and why it matters

Adam Smith is now widely regarded as ‘the father of modern economics’ and the most influential economist who ever lived. But what he really thought, and what the implications of his ideas are, remain fiercely contested. Was he an eloquent advocate of capitalism and the freedom of the individual? Or a prime mover of ‘market fundamentalism’ and an apologist for inequality and human selfishness?  Or something else entirely?

Policy Exchange UK interview with Jesse Norman, MP

AdamSmithWorks September 4, 2018

Adam Smith's 'invisible hand'

"So what is the "invisible hand"? Is it a sound economic principle grounded in scientific fact? Or is it a nebulous myth? One thing is sure: with stockmarkets tumbling and global economics in permanent crisis, Smith's concept continues to be one of the most controversial big ideas around."

Via the The Big Ideas podcast, The Guardian

AdamSmithWorks September 4, 2018

Adam Smith, Mama's Boy

An interview with Nicholas Phillipson, author of Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life.

AdamSmithWorks August 29, 2018

What Karl Marx Did and Did Not See in Adam Smith


by Pedro Schwartz for AdamSmithWorks

AdamSmithWorks August 20, 2018

The Economist asks: Who was Adam Smith

Anne McElvoy investigates the life of the Scottish philosopher now known as the father of modern economics. What does an author who died in 1790 have to teach us about trade wars and crony capitalism in the 21st century? And which American television villain kept a copy of “The Wealth of Nations” on his bookshelf?

AdamSmithWorks August 17, 2018

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