The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas

Eli Cox


La Quinta Motor Inns Centennial Professor in Business, Department of Marketing
Eli Cox



business ethics and the works of Adam Smith


EUS 348 • Life And Works Of Adam Smith

36570 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM CBA 4.336

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CTI 366 • Life And Works Of Adam Smith

34005 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM CAL 200
(also listed as EUS 348, HMN 350, MKT 372)


Adam Smith is known primarily as the economist who wrote The Wealth of Nations.   However, this great text accounts for only 31% of the 3,529 pages of the Glasgow edition of his complete works.  A more complete understanding of Smith’s works reveals that his economic views are widely misunderstood.  This course will examine The Wealth of Nations, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, and Lectures on Jurisprudence in the context of the Scottish Enlightenment.This is a writing flag course with several short assignments due throughout the semester and a term paper due at the end.  With a few exceptions, the classes will consist primarily of discussions interpreting the texts and the regular preparation and participation of all students will be expected.


The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Adam Smith 

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith



Four one-page papers      20%

One ten-page paper         40%

Ten-minute presentation   20%

Attendance/participation   20%

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