Conference: Adam Smith and the Moral Economy of Market Society

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May 14, 2015 - May 15, 2015


7:30 pm


UCLA Royce Hall 314
340 Royce Drive
Los Angeles

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UCLA Royce Hall 314

Event Description

CLAFI’s will be hosting a conference on May 14-15, on what many regard as Adam Smith’s greatest book, The Theory of Moral Sentiments.


NOTE: To attend lunch, please RSVP by May 10th to Julian Fischer, at


Schedule and Information:


Thursday, May 14

Royce Hall 314


7:30pm Lecture


“Adam Smith (and his followers) on Discussion, Trade, and the Moral Imagination”

Sandra J. Peart, University of Richmond


Friday, May 15

Cypress Room, UCLA Faculty Center


10am-12pm Panel 1: Freedom, Equality, and Sympathy in Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments


“The Theory of Moral Sentiments and the Problem of Freedom”

Ryan Patrick Hanley, Marquette University


“Managing the ‘Natural Selfishness and Rapacity’ of the Rich: Adam Smith on Economic Inequality in the Theory of Moral Sentiments”

David Lay Williams, DePaul University


“The Possibility of Progress: Smith and Rousseau on Pitié, Sympathy, and the Moral Economy”

Michelle A. Schwarze, University of Wisconsin, Madison


Michael Locke McLendon, California State University, Los Angeles – Chair and Discussant


12pm-2pm Lunch,

Sequoia Room, UCLA Faculty Center

NOTE: To attend lunch, please RSVP by May 10th to Julian Fischer,


2:00pm to 4:00pm Panel 2: Ethics and Economics from Smith to Today

Cypress Room, UCLA Faculty Center


“Moral Sentiments and Material Interests”

Herbert Gintis, Santa Fe Institute


“Do Markets Corrupt Us?”

Jason Brennan, Georgetown University


“TMS, We Hardly Knew Ye: Some Notes on Living in Post-Smithian Disciplines”

Christina McRorie, University of Virginia


Jason Neidleman, University of La Verne – Chair and Discussant


4:00pm to 4:30pm Break


4:30pm to 5:30pm, Roundtable of Participants


Steven Bilakovics, University of California, Los Angeles – Chair