Adam Smith Reconsidered

Dr Eamonn Butler
Victoria Hall
21 Nov 2023 8:00pm - 9:00pm
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Please note, change of speaker: Dr Eamonn Butler replaces Paul Sagar

This year is the 300th anniversary of the birth of Adam Smith, who has long been recognised as the father of modern economics. More recently, scholars have emphasised his standing as a moral philosopher―one who was prepared to critique markets as well as to praise them. Dr Butler will draw on his extensive work on Smith to place his life in its enlightenment context, and then explore his writings on economics, moral philosophy and politics and their lasting legacy.

Eamonn Butler is Director and co-founder of Britain’s leading free-market policy think tank, the Adam Smith Institute, and is a leading author and broadcaster on economics and social issues.

After leaving St Andrews University in the 1970s with degrees in Economics, Psychology and Ethics, he became a Policy Analyst at the US Congress, then taught philosophy as Assistant Professor at Hillsdale College in Michigan, before returning to help create the Adam Smith Institute in 1978.

He writes in numerous newspapers and journals including The Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Guardianthe Financial Times, the Mail, the Wall Street Journal and The Straits Times.

Eamonn is the author of books on a wide range of subjects, from economics through psychology to politics, which have been translated into numerous languages. These include works on Adam SmithLudwig von Mises and the Nobel prize-winners F A Hayek and Milton Friedman.

Members: Free, Online or Victoria Hall (please book online only)
Non-Members: £10, Online or Victoria Hall (you will be admitted to the Hall at 7.50pm if there is room)
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