GMU Econ Adam Smith Reading Group

Led and organized by Daniel Klein and Garett Jones

The reading group is open to all GMU students and faculty. To get on the email list, write to Klein at dklein@gmu.edu.

Fall 2013

We shall read Dugald Stewart's Account of Adam Smith, and Nicholas Phillipson's Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life (Yale University Press, 2010).

Dates and times will be announced shortly after the semester gets underway. Meanwhile, start in on Stewart -- let Klein know if you need a copy of the work containing the Stewart, namely Essays on Philosophical Subjects (a volume in the Glasgow/OUP/Liberty Fund works of Smith).

1st meeting: Dugald Stewart's Account of the Life and Writings of Adam Smith, first presented in 1793, in Essays on Philosophical Subjects, pp. 265-351 (includes Ian Ross's intro).

2nd meeting: Phillipson, Adam Smith, Prologue and Chaps. 1-5, pp. 1-119.

3rd meeting: Phillipson, Adam Smith, Chaps. 6-10, pp. 120-213.

4th meeting: Phillipson, Adam Smith, Chaps. 11-13 & Epilogue, pp. 214-284.

 

PAST PROGRAMS

Spring 2013

This Spring we read the longer of the two sets of lecture notes from the volume Lectures on Jurisprudence. The set we will read are from the session at University of Glasgow 1762–63. It is called LJ(A). It is the one that comes first in the LJ volume.

(The other set, which comes second in the LJ volume, is called LJ(B), and it is from the session 1763–64. By the way, the header of LJ(B) says “Report dated 1766” because it was in 1766 that whoever wrote the report rewrote the notes from the 1763–64 class. If you think it unhelpful that the LJ editors made “Report dated 1766” the header for LJ(B), I agree with you.)

If you participate, it is important to bring the proper version to the meetings, so we are all on the same page. It is the Glasgow/OUP/Liberty Fund edition. If you need a copy of LJ, let Klein know (dklein@gmu.edu).

Meeting place: ENTERPRISE HALL 318

Friday February 1, 11:00–1:00:
1. Editors’ Introduction of LJ, 42 pages, separately paginated
2. LJ(A), pp. 1–49

Friday February 22, 11:00–1:00:
LJ(A), 49–140.

Friday March 22, 11:00–1:00:
LJ(A), 141–240.

Friday April 12, 11:00–1:00:
LJ(A), 240–330.

Friday May 3, 11:00–1:00:
LJ(A), 331–394.

Fall 2012

Friday September 21, 1:30–3:30:
David Hume, Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals, Sections I–VI, pp. 1–47.

Friday October 12, 1:30–3:30:
David Hume, Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals, Sections VII–IX and Appendix sections I–IV, pp. 47–88.

Friday November 9, 1:30–3:30:
Adam Smith, Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Letters, Lectures I–XX, pp. 1–116.

Friday November 30, 1:30–3:30:
Adam Smith, Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Letters, Lectures XXI–XXX and the 1761 essay on language, pp. 117–226.

In previous years we read:
The Wealth of Nations
History of Astronomy
Hume, Natural History of Religion
The Theory of Moral Sentiments