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The Moral Foundations of Free Enterprise Reading Group



The Gilliam Center for Free Enterprise supports “The Moral Foundations of Free Enterprise” Reading Group. This reading group provides JMU students with a rigorous, in-depth look into ideas that have had a major influence on contemporary economic and political thought. By reading and studying these ideas, JMU students will have a better understanding of free enterprise, ethics, and American’s intellectual heritage.

Only twelve students are selected to participate. Students WILL NOT receive any academic credits.

Students will be expected to contribute meaningful, perhaps provocative, comments in a relaxed, educational atmosphere. Once a topic has been completed, the faculty discussant will assign a project for the students to complete. This project will require the students to delve deeper into the ideas and it will help faculty leaders verify that students completed the assigned readings.

Readings include excerpts from

Adam Smith, Theory of Moral Sentiments

Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations

F.A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom

James Madison, The Federalist Papers

Milton Friedman, Capitalism and Freedom

Deirdre McCloskey, Bourgeois Virtues

John Maynard Keynes, Essays in Persuasion

Michael Sandel, What Money Can't Buy