The International Adam Smith Society

By nature a philosopher is not in genius and disposition half so different from a street porter, as mastiff is from a greyhound … [but] among men, on the contrary, the most dissimilar geniuses are of use to one another; the different produces of their respective talents … being brought, as it were, into a common stock. (WN I.II.2)

The International Adam Smith Society was founded in 1995 with two aims:

  • to encourage scholarship from many disciplinary perspectives on Adam Smith’s writings, as well as in topics and issues connected with his writings; and
  • to provide a forum for the sharing of research and scholarship relating to Adam Smith.

The Society’s activities include sponsoring conference sessions in association with other learned societies and promoting communication amongst Smith scholars by providing a regular newsletter for its members. The society sponsors a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal, The Adam Smith Review, published by Routledge.

In June 2001, the society held its first international conference in conjunction with the meeting of the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society.  Since then, the Society has regularly sponsored special sessions at the annual meetings of the American Philosophical Society and looks forward to continued collaboration with these and several other scholarly organizations.

IASS By-Laws may be found here.

Current board members: Maria Pia Paganelli, President; Michelle Schwarze, Secretary-Treasurer; Fonna Forman, ASR co-editor; Craig Smith, ASR Co-editor, Sandra Peart, former President; Maria Alejandra Carrasco, Christopher Berry, Shinji Nohara, Vernon Smith, Eric Schliesser, Jimena Hurtado, and Jon Murphy, Webmaster.

Emeritus board members: Charles Griswold and Doug Den Uyl.


Other societies that encourage scholarship on Adam Smith include the International Association for Scottish Philosophy, the History of Economics Society, the Institute for the Study of Scottish Philosophy, and the Eighteenth Century Scottish Studies Association.

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