Adam Smith’s contribution to economics is well-recognized but in recent years scholars have been exploring anew the multidisciplinary nature of his works. The Adam Smith Review is a refereed annual review that provides a unique forum for interdisciplinary debate on all aspects of Adam Smith’s works, his place in history, and the significance of his writings to the modern world. It is aimed at facilitating debate between scholars working across the humanities and social sciences, thus emulating the reach of the Enlightenment world which Smith helped to shape.

The sixth volume of the series contains contributions from specialists across a range of disciplines, including Vivienne Brown, Maria Alejandra Carrasco, Douglas J. Den Uyl, John Elster, Niall Ferguson, Samuel Fleischacker, Christel Fricke, Lisa Hill, Duncan Kelly, Karl Ove Moene, John O’Neill, Maria Pia Paganelli, Alessandro Roncaglia, Carola Freiin von Villiez, and Jonathan B. Wight.

Topics examined include:

  • Smith and the conditions of a moral society
  • The fate of Anglo-American capitalism
  • Smith and Shaftesbury

part |205 pages


chapter |6 pages


Adam Smith and the conditions of a moral society
ByChristel Fricke

chapter |21 pages

From psychology to moral normativity

ByMaria A. Carrasco

chapter |16 pages

Adam Smith's story of moral progress

ByCarola Freiin von Villiez

chapter |29 pages

Adam Smith and ‘the most sacred rules of justice'

ByChristel Fricke

chapter |18 pages

True to ourselves?

Adam Smith on self-deceit
BySamuel Fleischacker

chapter |18 pages

Propriety, persuasion and political theory1

ByDuncan Kelly

chapter |18 pages

Social distance and the new strangership in Adam Smith1

ByLisa Hill

chapter |23 pages

The political economy of recognition

ByJohn O'Neill

chapter |20 pages

Two for one?

Reciprocity in Seneca and Adam Smith
ByJon Elster

chapter |16 pages

The moral sentiments of Wealth of Nations1

ByKarl Ove Moene

part |25 pages


chapter |15 pages

Das Shaftesbury Problem

ByDouglas J. Den Uyl

chapter |4 pages

Response to Douglas J. Den Uyl's ‘Das Shaftesbury Problem'

ByJames R. Otteson

chapter |5 pages

Another response to Douglas J. Den Uyl's ‘Das Shaftesbury Problem'

ByRyan Patrick Hanley

part |108 pages

Anglo-American capitalism

chapter |2 pages


BySandra Peart

chapter |32 pages

Upon Daedalian wings of paper money

Adam Smith and the crisis of 1772
ByHugh Rockoff

chapter |14 pages

Is a beautiful system dying?

A possible Smithian take on the financial crisis
ByMaria Pia Paganelli

chapter |7 pages

What do we mean by ‘Anglo-American capitalism'?

ByAlessandro Roncaglia

chapter |19 pages

Freedom, efficiency, and concern

Smith's future, and ours
ByRobert Urquhart

chapter |18 pages

Institutional divergence in economic development

ByJonathan B. Wight

chapter |15 pages

Too big to live?

Why we must stamp out state monopoly capitalism1
ByNiall Ferguson

part |44 pages

Book reviews

chapter |16 pages

Tony Aspromourgos, The Science of Wealth: Adam Smith and the Framing of Political Economy

Routledge Studies in the History of Economics London: Routledge, 2009, 396 pp. ISBN Hardback: 978-0-415-46385-0
ByJeffrey T. Young

chapter |8 pages

Magali Bessone and Michaël Biziou (eds), Adam Smith philosophe. De la morale à l'économie ou philosophie du libéralisme

Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2009, 220 pp. ISBN Paperback 978-2-7535-0785-2
BySergio Cremaschi

chapter |8 pages

Gavin Kennedy, Adam Smith: A Moral Philosopher and his Political Economy

London: Palgrave Macmillan, Great Thinkers in Economics Series, 2008, 272 pp. ISBN 10: 1-4039-9948-1; ISBN 13: 978-1-4039-9948-1
ByMichael J. Clark

chapter |5 pages

Deepak Lal, Reviving the Invisible Hand: The Case for Classical Liberalism in the Twenty-first Century

Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2006, 336 pp. ISBN 10: 0691-12591-0; ISBN 13: 978-0691-12591-6
ByPaul Gunn

chapter |6 pages

Stephen J. McKenna, Adam Smith: The Rhetoric of Propriety

Rhetoric in the Modern Era Series State University of New York Press, 2006, 184 pp. ISBN Hardback: 0-7914-9581-0; Paperback: 0-7914-6582-9
ByCatherine Labio