Adam Smith Program
Department of Economics · George Mason University
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Welcome to the Adam Smith Program

Adam Smith’s philosophy held that man is “naturally endowed with a desire of the welfare and preservation of society.” It spans the devout and the practical, the sublime and the mundane. It sees the individual as a soul nestled within society. Smith asked: What moral and governmental rules best advance the good of the whole? He taught readers to resist pursuing wealth and greatness to the detriment of wisdom and virtue.

The Adam Smith Program at GMU Economics explores the moral and economic philosophy of Smith and related thinkers, through professional scholarship, doctoral dissertations, graduate seminars, reading groups, and special projects. We study intellectual history to learn ethics, jurisprudence, politics, economics, and moral psychology. [Disambiguation: This program is not the Mercatus Center’s Adam Smith Fellowships Program.]

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Reading Group

"Of the External Senses," "Of the Imitative Arts", "Affinity between Music, Dancing, and Poetry", and "Affinity between certain English and Italian Verses"

We read and discuss Smith's posthumously published essays, "Of the External Senses," "Of the Imitative Arts", "Affinity between Music, Dancing, and Poetry", and "Affinity between certain English and Italian Verses." The essays are published in Smith, Adam, Essays on Philosophical Subjects, ed. W.P.D. Wightman. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, pp. 135-225.

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