The Moral Foundations of Free Enterprise Reading Group
The Gilliam Center for Free Enterprise and Ethical Leadership 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.
The Gilliam Center encourages any JMU student with 45 credits or less to apply at the beginning of each semester. Only twelve students are selected to participate. Selected students must have full attendance and satisfactory completion of assignments, in order to receive a $500 scholarship. 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