Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations
Samuel Fleischacker and Russell Roberts talked about The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith. Topics included his historic importance in… read more
Samuel Fleischacker and Russell Roberts talked about The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith. Topics included his historic importance in the social sciences and impact of his work. Professor Fleischacker participated by remote link from Chicago. They responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.
Adam Smith (1723-1790), a philosopher and economist, published Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations in 1776. “The invisible hand of the market,” the term economists use to describe the self-regulating nature of the marketplace, is a metaphor first used by Adam Smith in The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759).
Samuel Fleischacker is a philosophy professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author of several books, including A Third Concept of Liberty: Judgment and Freedom in Kant and Adam Smith and On Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations: A Political Companion.
Russell Roberts is a economics professor at George Mason University as well as a research fellow a the Hoover Institution. He is also a founding advisory board member for the Library of Economics and Liberty. He is the author of numerous books, including The Choice: A Fable of Free Trade and The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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- Samuel Fleischacker President International Adam Smith Society
- Russell D. Roberts Professor George Mason University->Economics Department
- Peter Slen Senior Executive Producer C-SPAN->Book TV
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