Political Theory

Liberty and Society in Adam Smith and Jean-Jacques Rousseau


This colloquium explored the relationship between Rousseau and Smith, with the intention of understanding how their engagement helped to shape understandings of a free society and of the operation and moral impact of commerce. Among the key themes explored were their shared intellectual interests in pity, sympathy, and commerce.


From Liberty Fund

Essays on Philosophical Subjects

by By Adam Smith
Edited by W. P. D. Wightman and J. C. Bryce

Reflecting Adam Smith’s wide learning and varied interests, these essays shed considerable light on his place in the Scottish Enlightenment. Included are histories of astronomy, ancient logic, and ancient physics; essays on the “imitative” arts and the affinity between music, dancing, and poetry; and a critical review of Samuel Johnson’s…

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Additional Readings

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. The Social Contract and other Later Political Writings. Edited by Victor Gourevitch. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. The Major Political Writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau: The Two Discourses and the Social Contract. Translated by John T. Scott. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. Emile. Translated by B. Foxley. London: Everyman, Ltd., 1974.

Smith, Adam. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1981.

Smith, Adam. The Theory of Moral Sentiments. Indianapolis: LibertyClassics, 1969, 1976.