Happy Birthday, Adam Smith

…human nature is complex. The same baker who supplies us with bread out of self-interest rather than benevolence is the same person who would dive into a river to save a drowning stranger.  Smith’s books are complementary attempts to identify how self-interested human beings manage to live together peacefully (in the moral sphere) and productively (in the economic).” http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/economics/happy-birthday-adam-smith

One of my fondest memories at George Mason University was reading Adam Smith‘s An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.  My instructor was a visiting economist from Germany, Viktor Vanberg.  Vanberg lead our class into deep discussions of Smith’s work.  If I remember correctly, we may have touched Smith’s other famous work, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, too.

Happy Birthday, Adam Smith!


About Christopher Hessenflow

Christopher Hessenflow is a financial planner in the Chicago area. He works with all sorts of people who are much more interesting than he is. He enjoys his career which lends him time to think and, sometimes, be creative. Chip was born bald.
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