Why Read Adam Smith Today?

18 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2024 Last revised: 6 May 2024

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Peter J. Boettke

George Mason University - Department of Economics; Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Date Written: February 28, 2024


The scholarly world celebrated Adam Smith's 300th birthday throughout 2023. This article attempts to lay out the case on why we should still be reading Adam Smith today. The argument isn't because we want to honor the founder of a scientific discipline. But, instead, it argues that Smith's work is still relevant for our contemporary conversations in economic science, political economy and social philosophy.

Keywords: Adam Smith, History of Economic Thought, Political Economy, Social Philosophy

JEL Classification: B31, B41, P00

Suggested Citation

Boettke, Peter J. and Boettke, Peter J., Why Read Adam Smith Today? (February 28, 2024). GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 24-15, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4741993 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4741993

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