Ryan Hanley on Adam Smith and Sympathy

Adam Smith: From Love to Sympathy


American University’s Political Theory Institute, a JMC partner program, invited Prof. Ryan Hanley from Marquette University to deliver a lecture on Adam Smith and his understanding of sympathy as the foundation of all moral action.

Friday, December 1, 2017 • 5:30PM – 7:30PM
Kerwin Hall, Room 301 • American University

 The event is free and open to the public. RSVP is required:

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Ryan Hanley is the Mellon Distinguised Professor of Political Science at Marquette University. His research in the history of political philosophy focuses on the Enlightenment. Hanley is author of Love’s Enlightenment: Rethinking Charity in Modernity (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and Adam Smith and the Character of Virtue (Cambridge University Press, 2009). His articles have appeared or are forthcoming in American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Theory, European Journal of Political Theory, Review of Politics, Social Philosophy & Policy, History of Political Thought, Journal of the History of Philosophy, Revue internationale de philosophie, and Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie. He is also the recipient of Fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Arête Initiative, and past president of the International Adam Smith Society. He is currently completing two projects: a monograph on the political philosophy of Fénelon, and a volume of translations of Fénelon’s moral and political writings.

The mission of the Political Theory Institute (PTI) is to encourage the serious study of the great questions of political theory and to bring the insights of political theorists to bear on current issues and events.

Adam Smith portrait

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