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A list of key readings about Adam Smith.
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  • Broadie, Alexander, ed. The Cambridge Companion to the Scottish Enlightenment Cambridge University Press, 2003 online edition
  • Brown, Maurice. Adam Smith's Economics: Its Place in the Development of Economic Thought. Croom Helm, 1988. 189 pp.
  • Buchan, James. The Authentic Adam Smith: His Life and Ideas (2006) 198pp
  • Coase, R. H. "Adam Smith's View of Man," Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 19, No. 3, (Oct., 1976), pp. 529-546 in JSTOR
  • Copley, Stephen, and Kathryn Sutherland, eds. Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations: New Interdisciplinary Essays (1995)
  • Dwyer, John. The Age of the Passions: An Interpretation of Adam Smith and Scottish Enlightenment Culture. Tuckwell, 1998. 205 pp.
  • Evensky, Jerry. Adam Smith's Moral Philosophy: A Historical and Contemporary Perspective on Markets, Law, Ethics, and Culture (2007) excerpt and text search
  • Fleischacker, Samuel. A Third Concept of Liberty: Judgment and Freedom in Kant and Adam Smith Princeton University Press, 1999 online edition
  • Gallagher, Susan E. The Rule of the Rich? Adam Smith's Argument against Political Power. Pennsylvania State U. Press, 1998. 141 pp.
  • Glahe, F. ed. Adam Smith and the Wealth of Nations: 1776-1976 (1977)
  • Gomes, Leonard. The Economics and Ideology of Free Trade: A Historical Review. Northampton, Mass.: E. Elgar, 2003. 350 pp.
  • Grampp, William D. "Adam Smith and the Economic Man," The Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 56, No. 4 (Aug., 1948), pp. 315-336 in JSTOR
  • Griswold, Charles L., Jr. Adam Smith and the Virtues of Enlightenment. Cambridge U. Press, 1999. 412 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Haakonssen, Knud. The Cambridge Companion to Adam Smith (2006), focus on philosophy
  • Dickey, Laurence. Historicizing the 'Adam Smith Problem': Conceptual, Historiographical, and Textual Issues," The Journal of Modern History, Vol. 58, No. 3 (Sep., 1986), pp. 579-609 in JSTOR
  • Hollander, Samuel. The Economics of Adam Smith (University of Toronto Press), (1973)
  • Laidler, David. "Adam Smith As a Monetary Economist," The Canadian Journal of Economics / Revue canadienne d'Economique, Vol. 14, No. 2 (May, 1981), pp. 185-200 in JSTOR
  • Mayr, Otto. "Adam Smith and the Concept of the Feedback System: Economic Thought and Technology in 18th-Century Britain" Technology and Culture, Vol. 12, No. 1 (Jan., 1971), pp. 1-22 in JSTOR
  • Minowitz, Peter. Profits, Priests, and Princes: Adam Smith's Emancipation of Economics from Politics and Religion. Stanford U. Press, 1993. 345 pp.
  • Muller, Jerry Z. Adam Smith in his Time and Ours: Designing the Decent Society. Princeton Univ. Press. (1995) excerpt and text search
  • Muller, Jerry Z. The Mind and the Market: Capitalism in Western Thought. Anchor Books. (2002).
  • O'Rourke, P. J. On The Wealth of Nations (Books That Changed the World) (2006), popular excerpt and text search
  • Otteson, James R. Adam Smith's Marketplace of Life (2002), 352pp excerpt and text search
  • Raphael, D. D. The Impartial Spectator: Adam Smith's Moral Philosophy (2007) excerpt and text search
  • Ross, Ian Simpson. The Life of Adam Smith. Oxford U. Press, 1995. 478 pp. online edition
  • Rothschild, Emma. Economic Sentiments: Adam Smith, Condorcet, and the Enlightenment. Harvard U. Press, 2001. 353 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Rothschild, Emma. "Adam Smith and the Invisible Hand," The American Economic Review, Vol. 84, No. 2, Papers and Proceedings (May, 1994), pp. 319-322 in JSTOR
  • Samuelson, Paul A. "A Modern Theorist's Vindication of Adam Smith," The American Economic Review, Vol. 67, No. 1, Papers and Proceedings (Feb., 1977), pp. 42-49 in JSTOR
  • Screpanti, Ernesto and Zamagni, Stefano. An Outline of the History of Economic Thought. Oxford U. Press, 2005. 559 pp.
  • Skinner, Andrew Stewart. A System of Social Science: Papers Relating to Adam Smith (1996) online edition
  • Teichgraeber. Richard F. Free Trade and Moral Philosophy: Rethinking the Sources of Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations (1986)
  • Tribe, Keith. "Adam Smith: Critical Theorist?" Journal of Economic Literature, Vol. 37, No. 2 (Jun., 1999), pp. 609-632 in JSTOR
  • Viner, Jacob. "Adam Smith and Laissez Faire" The Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 35, No. 2 (Apr., 1927), pp. 198-232 in JSTOR
  • Wilson, T., and A. S. Skinner, eds. The Market and the State: Essays in Honour of Adam Smith (Clarendon Press, 1976),
  • Winch, Donald. "Adam Smith: Scottish Moral Philosopher as Political Economist," The Historical Journal, Vol. 35, No. 1 (Mar., 1992), pp. 91-113 in JSTOR
  • Witztum, Amos and Young, Jeffrey T. "The Neglected Agent: Justice, Power, and Distribution in Adam Smith." History of Political Economy 2006 38(3): 437-471. Issn: 0018-2702 Fulltext: Ebsco
  • Wood, J. C. ed. Adam Smith: Critical Assessments, 4 vols. (Croom Helm, 1984)
  • Young, Jeffrey T. Economics as a Moral Science: the Political Economy of Adam Smith (Edward Elgar, 1997),

Primary sources

  • Smith, Adam. The Theory of Moral Sentiments (2006) excerpt and text search; online edition
  • Smith, Adam. The Wealth of Nations (1776) excerpt and text search
  • Smith, Adam. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, eds. R. H. Campbell, A. S. Skinner and W. B. Todd, 2 vols. (Clarendon Press, 1976)
  • Bryce, J. C., ed. Glasgow Edition of the Works and Correspondence of Adam Smith. Vol. 4: Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres. Clarendon, 1983.
  • Smith, Adam. Works and Correspondence, Vol. 3, Essays on Philosophical Subjects. Oxford U. Press, 1980. 358 pp.