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!

Advertisements

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.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s