PAC Speakers Series: James Otteson

Thursday, October 26, 2017
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
PAC (Harriman Hall) PAC 002 (Class of 1965 Classroom)
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Eisner, Marc A.

Adam Smith on Justice and Social Justice

Adam Smith is often considered the father of capitalism, and he offers a limited, even "thin," conception of justice. We will look at his conception of justice, and then ask: Is this conception too thin? Does it fail to account for social justice? More generally, is his conception of economics inconsistant with our considered moral judgments? Indeed, can markets and morality mix?

James Otteson is executive director of the Eudaimonia Institute, the Thomas W. Smith Presidential Chair in Business Ethics, and Professor of Economics at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is author and editor of several books on Adam Smith, classical liberalism, and ethics, most recently What Adam Smith Knew (2014) and The End of Socialism (2014).

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