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This conference explores the ethical, political and economic thought of Adam Smith, the 18th-century Scottish moral philosopher and a pioneer of political economy. All of the participants address questions regarding the foundations of Smith’s systematic theory in "The Theory of Moral Sentiments." Particular attention will be devoted to the relationship of Smith’s "The Wealth of Nations" and "The Theory of Moral Sentiments."

Adam Smith: Moral Philosopher and Economic Theorist College of the Holy Cross

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This conference explores the ethical, political and economic thought of Adam Smith, the 18th-century Scottish moral philosopher and a pioneer of political economy. All of the participants address questions regarding the foundations of Smith’s systematic theory in "The Theory of Moral Sentiments." Particular attention will be devoted to the relationship of Smith’s "The Wealth of Nations" and "The Theory of Moral Sentiments."

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    Charles Carroll Fellows Present on Adam Smith

    Charles Carroll Fellows Present on Adam Smith

    Students in a sophomore seminar on Greed present their papers on Adam Smith, 18-century Scottish moral philosopher and pioneer of political economy.

    • 1 hr 31 min
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    Panel 1: Smith as Moral Philosopher

    Panel 1: Smith as Moral Philosopher

    Karsten Stueber, professor of philosophy at Holy Cross, presents on "Sympathy and the Impartial Spectator: A Constructivist Interpretation of Adam Smith." Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, the Morehead-Cain Alumni Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, addresses "Smith on the Impartial Spectator and Consequentialism."

    • 1 hr 39 min
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    Panel 2: Morals and Markets

    Panel 2: Morals and Markets

    Maria Pia Paganelli, associate professor of economics at Trinity University, talks on "Commercial Relations: From Adam Smith to Field Experiments." Spencer Pack, professor of economics at Connecticut College, presents on "Smith's Virtue Ethics and Capitalism: What is in Need of Revision?" Peter McNamara, associate professor of political science at Utah State University, presents on "Smith on Inequality."

    • 1 hr 28 min
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    Keynote Address: Adam Smith on the 'Natural Principles of Religion'

    Keynote Address: Adam Smith on the 'Natural Principles of Religion'

    Ryan Patrick Hanley, associate professor of political science at Marquette University, focuses his research on the Scottish Enlightenment in the history of political philosophy. He is the author of "Adam Smith and the Character of Virtue" (Cambridge University Press, 2009), the editor of the Penguin Classics edition of Adam Smith's "Theory of Moral Sentiments" (Penguin, 2010), and the editor of the forthcoming "Adam Smith: A Princeton Guide" (Princeton University Press). He is president of the International Adam Smith Society.

    • 1 hr 11 min
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    Plenary Session

    Plenary Session

    Conference presenters field questions and discuss views on Adam Smith.

    • 1 hr 8 min

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