Smith, Hume, and Political Economic History


The conference re-created a conversation between Adam Smith and David Hume, in which they asked questions central to a discussion of how to create a free and ordered society, by reuniting their lessons on economic history.


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

Hume, David. A Treatise of Human Nature. Edited by David Fate Norton and Mary J. Norton. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Hume, David. Essays: Moral, Political and Literary. Edited by Eugene F. Miller. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1985, 1987.

Hume, David. Writings on Economics. Edited by Eugene Rotwein. Madison, Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1970.

Smith, Adam. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. Edited by R. H. Campbell, A. S. Skinner, and W. B. Todd. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1981.