Commentary

Dan Klein on Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments

Economist Dan Klein discusses Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments in a series of podcasts for EconTalk. The podcasts are part of the series EconTalk Book Club, and will comemorate the 250th anniversay of the book’s publication.

One of Klein’s emphases is on the complimentary relationship between the Theory of Moral Sentiments and The Wealth of Nations, noting the first and final editions of Moral Sentiments book end the Wealth of Nations. The ideas in the two books can’t be disentangled easily.

Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D. is a senior research fellow at Reason Foundation and managing director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University in Tallahassee where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning, regulation, and urban economics. Prior to joining Florida State, Staley was director of urban growth and land-use policy for Reason Foundation where he helped establish its urban policy program in 1997.