Discover content centered around the works and ideas of Adam Smith, the moral philosopher and founder of economics.


Explore Adam Smith’s life and works and access educational materials to learn about and teach concepts central to Smith. From videos, essays, and digital and audio editions of Smith’s most important books, our website provides a wide variety of ways to engage with and learn from Smith. Join one of our reading groups, or explore Speaking of Smith, an online forum with posts pondering Adam Smith’s viewpoints and philosophies in modern day circumstances.

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Explore our collection of original essays that contemplate Adam Smith’s life and the impact on such topical areas as Scottish enlightenment, moral philosophy, political economy, arts and culture, theology and religion, and more.

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An Animal That Trades Video Series

Watch this five-part short video series showcasing the life and contemporary relevance of Adam Smith.

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Interactive Pin Factory

What can we learn about our own world from Smith? Join the workers in an 18th century pin factory to find out more about the division of labor.

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Teacher Resources and Reading Guides

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