Lecture: “Spontaneous Disorder in Adam Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments,” by John Scott

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Jan 22, 2015


7:30 pm


UCLA Law School Building, Room 1447
385 Charles E Young Drive
Los Angeles

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UCLA Law School Building, Room 1447

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Professor John Scott of the University of California, Davis, will present a lecture on spontaneous disorder in Adam Smith’s work The Theory of Moral Sentiments on Thursday, January 22nd. This lecture is a continuation of CLAFI’s Commercial Republic Project.

This lecture is free and open to the public, no registration is required. Complimentary snacks and drinks will be provided.


The following Saturday, January 24th, Professor Scott will participate in a seminar on selected writings from Adam Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments. This seminar will be on Saturday, January 24th, from 10:30-12:30 in Room 2442 of the UCLA Law School Building. Space for the seminar is limited, so participants will be required to RSVP ahead of time. To enroll, please e-mail Professor Daniel Lowenstein at lowenstein@law.ucla.edu. A free pizza lunch will follow the seminar.


John Scott is the chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Davis. His primary research is in the history of political philosophy, with a specialization in early modern political thought. Most of his work has focused on the thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, although he has also published studies of Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu, Hume, Diderot, and Smith. He has a secondary research interest in experimental approaches to distributive justice, and related areas such as perceptions of legitimacy of Supreme Court decisions.


Professor Scott’s appearance is part of CLAFI’s ongoing Commercial Republic Project, which is conducted in partnership with the Jack Miller Center and made possible by the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.