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William James' Pragmatism and Adam Smith's Moral Sentiments
Marcus Shera for AdamSmithWorksShea explores the connection between thinking and conduct in James' Pragmatism and Smith's philosophy. "Meaningful beliefs come with practical habits, and the value of those habits is a test of truth."August 24, 2022
Readings of Smith by Contemporary Political Philosophers: Michael J. Sandel
Alejandra Salinas for AdamSmithWorksAugust 17, 2022
On Adam Smith and Envy
Richard Gunderman for AdamSmithWorksAugust 10, 2002"The same envy without which economies cannot fully activate also leads to the corruption and misery of individuals." Gunderman points to Smith (in addition to the Buddha, Socrates, and Jesus) as a guide to balance.
Social Cohesion and Economic Prosperity
Aviral Chawla for AdamSmithWorksAugust 3, 2022Fractured societies will be less able to benefit from the prosperity that's possible with a more cohesive social existence. Smith saw this and offers his conception of "sympathy" and recommendations on education of the lowers classes as way to bridge the gaps between people.
David Hume on the Common Law and English Liberty
Jacob Hall for AdamSmithWorksIn this essay, Hall shows that Adam Smith and David Hume's ideas concerning the Common Law and English Liberty are more closely related that some scholars believe. The style of Hume’s History and Smith’s LJ differ, or course. Smith lectured to students whereas Hume wrote for mass consumption. But their estimation of the importance of the common law for the development of English liberty is equal.
Review: Skjönsberg on Sager's Adam Smith Reconsidered
Max Skjönsberg for AdamSmithWorksConjectural Historian? Moral Philosopher? Political Economist? What is and should be Adam Smith's place in the Enlightenment? June 29, 2022
Adam Smith’s Synergistic Moral Authorizations
Erik W. Matson for AdamSmithWorksIn this essay, Matson explains the Adam Smith's moral authorizations of enterprise and the pursuit of honest income.One of the patron saints of the Great Enrichment, Smith teaches how we do our part in serving the good of the whole; how in focusing diligently on the good of our part we serve that of the whole; and how freedom fortifies the remarkable correspondence between those two goods.June 22, 2022
The Grand Regulator: Monopolies as Hindrances to Prosperity
Nathalie Smallidge for AdamSmithWorksIn Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations he shows how monopolies hinder prosperity and contain the seeds of their own destructions. The merchants and other laborers who work within market systems will always be chipping away at their power. July 13, 2022