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.

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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.

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AdamSmithWorks May 20, 2019

Speaking of Smith

On First Looking into the Wealth of Nations, with Sarah Skwire

AdamSmithWorks May 16, 2019

Adam Smith Goes to the Movies: The Avengers

AdamSmithWorks May 16, 2019

Adam Smith's Invisible Hand

by Peter Foster for AdamSmithWorks

AdamSmithWorks May 16, 2019

Adam Smith on Slavery

by Jack Russell Weinstein

AdamSmithWorks May 3, 2019

Adam Smith, Scientist and Evolutionist

by Vernon L. Smith Part 2 of 3

AdamSmithWorks May 3, 2019

The Place of Language in Adam Smith's Economics

by Graham McAleer

AdamSmithWorks May 3, 2019

Curious Sympathies Between Mark Twain and Adam Smith

by Bry J. Martin

AdamSmithWorks May 2, 2019

Adam Smith and Human Resources: The Moral Challenges of Modern Society

by Daniel B. Klein

AdamSmithWorks May 2, 2019

Who is Adam Smith's Impartial Spectator?

Smith’s expression “impartial spectator” ought not be confined to the conscience (“the man within the breast”). The expression "impartial spectator" must allow a being with some qualities associated with God. The expression "impartial spectator" is polysemous: it has several meanings. Klein's advice to ethicists: Understand the several meanings and how they relate to one another.

Lecture by Dan Klein, George Mason University

AdamSmithWorks May 2, 2019

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