The Theory of Moral Sentiments
Published in 1759
The Theory of Moral Sentiments was Adam Smith’s first major published work. It was published in 1759 and was based on his lectures given at Glasgow University following his appointment as Professor of Moral Philosophy in 1752. To read more, please click the link below.
How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortune of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it, except the pleasure of seeing it.
The Theory of Moral Sentiments, I:I:I, p.9.
The Wealth of Nations
Published in 1776
The first edition of 'An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations' was published in 1776. Since then it has gone through numerous editions and has been translated into every major modern language. Put simply, it is one of the most important books in history. Read on to discover more.