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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Nothing Useless, Absurd, or Fantastical: Adam Smith on Women's Education

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ASW Reading Groups

AdamSmithWorks is pleased to offer Reading Groups on a variety of topics related to Adam Smith. Our Reading Groups are designed to gather interested individuals interested in serious and civil discussion.

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TMS Reading Guide: Part VII

Of Systems of Moral Philosophy

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Adam Smith on the Labor Theory of Value

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TMS Reading Guide: Part VI

Of the Character of Virtue

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TMS Reading Guide: Part V

Of the Influence of Custom and Fashion upon the Sentiments of Moral Approbation and Disapprobation

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