Upcoming Event

Jesse Norman

presents

Adam Smith:
Father of Economics

in conversation with MICHAEL SANDEL

This event includes a book signing

Date

Sep
26
Wednesday
September 26, 2018
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome political philosopher and United Kingdom MP JESSE NORMAN for a discussion of his latest book, Adam Smith: Father of Economics. He will be joined in conversation by Harvard political philosophy professor MICHAEL SANDEL.

About Adam Smith

Adam Smith (1723-1790) is now widely regarded as the greatest economist of all time. But what he really thought, and the implications of his ideas, remain fiercely contested. Was he an eloquent advocate of capitalism and individual freedom? A prime mover of "market fundamentalism"? An apologist for human selfishness? Or something else entirely?

In Adam Smith, political philosopher Jesse Norman dispels the myths and caricatures and provides a far more complex portrait of the man. Offering a highly engaging account of Smith's life and times, Norman explores his work as a whole and traces his influence over two centuries to the present day. Finally, he shows how a proper understanding of Smith can help us address the problems of modern capitalism. The Smith who emerges from this book is not only the greatest of all economists but a pioneering theorist of moral philosophy, culture, and society.

Praise

"In this splendid book, Jesse Norman not only presents an excellent introduction to the life and ideas of Adam Smith, but also explains why—and how—Smith's insights can help us solve some of the most difficult social and economic problems of the contemporary world. Smith loved lucidity and relevance, and I think he would have been very happy with Norman's book." ―Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate in Economics

"Adam Smith is one of the world's greatest and least understood thinkers, and we may need him now, more than ever. Norman's beautifully written book offers an energetic and clear-headed overview, with a host of fresh and valuable insights. Highly recommended." ―Cass Sunstein, Harvard University

"Adam Smith is often associated with the powerful idea of the 'invisible hand' of the market, which became the bedrock of modern economics. But this brilliant idea doesn't come close to doing justice to his thinking. He anticipated how the unchecked power of employers can lead to monopoly, inefficiency, and inequality. He understood how political systems that restrain rulers and the privileged are crucial for a healthy society and vibrant economy. He fully recognized, in contrast to how he is sometimes remembered in popular discussions, the complexities of ethical behavior and responsibilities. This wonderfully readable book by Jesse Norman brings Smith's sophisticated, eye-opening philosophy to modern readers." ―Daron Acemoglu, co-author of Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

Jesse Norman
Jesse Norman

Jesse Norman

Jesse Norman, MP, is widely regarded as one of the rising stars of the British House of Commons. A former Parliamentarian of the Year, he was educated at Oxford (BA) and holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from University College London. His previous books include Edmund Burke: The First Conservative.

Michael Sandel
Michael Sandel

Michael Sandel

Michael Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University. His books explore some of the most hotly contested moral and political issues of our time. Sandel's titles include What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets; Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?; The Case against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering; Public Philosophy: Essays on Morality in PoliticsDemocracy’s Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy; and Liberalism and the Limits of Justice. His writings have been translated into 27 languages, and have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, and The New York Times

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

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