Adam Smith’s insights on living a good life

Professor of Political Science Ryan Patrick Hanley discussed his book Our Great Purpose: Adam Smith on Living a Better Life (Princeton University Press, 2019) at a virtual event hosted by the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. In his book, Hanley examines a side of Adam Smith beyond his role as the founder of modern economics. According to Hanley, Smith was also an uncommonly brilliant philosopher who was especially interested in the perennial question of how to live a good life, and in Our Great Purpose, Hanley provides an illuminating guide to Smith’s incomparable wisdom on topics ranging from happiness and moderation to love and friendship. Hanley’s author talk can be viewed via C-SPAN.

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