Invisible Hand Seminar

"Statecraft and Liberal Reform in Advanced Democracies"

Saturday, February 17, 2018 4:00 PM to 5:45 PM
Buchanan Hall (formerly Mason Hall), D180

Led and organized by Daniel Klein (

Funding provided in part by through a grant from the Institute for Humane Studies.

This seminar serves the Adam Smith program community and gives a forum for graduate students to develop and present their work. If you are on the email list, contact Dr. Klein to receive the papers in advance. It is OK to attend without having read the paper. Attendees go out to dinner following the seminar.


Select Saturdays 4:00 - 5:45 pm, James Buchanan Hall, D180, Fairfax Campus

Saturday, February 17:

Nils Karlson, Ratio Institute, Stockholm: Statecraft and Liberal Reform in Advanced Democracies (Palgrave, 2017)


Saturday, March 3:

Robin Hanson, George Mason University: The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life, coauthored with Kevin Simler (OUP, 2018).


Saturday, April 7:

Daniel Klein, GMU, Adam Smith, David Hume, Liberalism, and Esotericism. Klein will talk about esotericism and the project underway. For advance reading, you might read Arthur Melzer’s chapter “A Beginner’s Guide to Esoteric Reading,” from his Philosophy between the Lines: The Lost History of Esoteric Writing (UChicagoP, 2014). You may also wish to listen to the podcast.


Saturday, April 21:

Jerry Weinberger, Michigan State University: Benjamin Franklin’s America: Ben Wasn’t as American as Apple Pie; he was as American as the Corn Dog.


Saturday, April 28:

Thomas Merrill, American University: “Hume’s Revolution: Divine Right Monarchy and the Origins of Liberalism”

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