ECON 843: Smithian Political Economy I

ECON 843-001: Smithian Political Economy I
(Fall 2019)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W

Buchanan Hall (formerly Mason Hall) D180

Section Information for Fall 2019

The course will explore the philosophy of Adam Smith and its key facets, including propriety, praiseworthiness, duty, the impartial spectator, liberty, justice, knowledge, and economic well-being. Mostly we read Smith himself. We will read The Theory of Moral Sentiments in its entirety. It provides the ethical framework of Smith’s major work on commerce, industry and public policy, The Wealth of Nations. We will read only parts WN (which covered in entirety in Professor Boudreaux’s SPE II course, taught in the Spring). Students will select and present articles from the professional literature on Smith.


The class format will be lecture and discussion, based on pre-assigned readings. Always bring the assigned readings to the session.

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Explores the moral philosophy of Adam Smith, with a focus on The Theory of Moral Sentiments, which is studed cover-to-cover in "Great Books" fashion. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate or Non-Degree.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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