Posts Tagged ‘adam smith’

Dr. William Kline on Adam Smith and the Division of Labor

Friday, May 6th, 2016

In this 10-minute video, Dr. William Kline (University of Illinois Springfield) outlines Adam Smith’s discussion of the division of labor from Chapters 1 and 3 of The Wealth of Nations:

I, Pencil: The Free Market at Work

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

“I, Pencil,” a great short video by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, uses the deceptively simple pencil to illustrate how the free market spontaneously organizes self-interested individuals and resources across the globe, as if directed by an invisible hand:

CEE Interview with Dr. William Kline on the Philosophy of Business

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Dr. Stephen Hicks, CEE’s Executive Director, talks with Fall 2012 CEE Guest Speaker Dr. William Kline of the University of Illinois Springfield about four major thinkers — Hobbes, Locke, Hume, and Smith — who in large part established the intellectual framework for our modern business world.:

Also, watch Dr. Kline’s interviews on business ethics and David Hume from his last visit to Rockford University.

Ideas of Liberty in Modern Philosophy: New Spring 2012 Course

Monday, November 7th, 2011

CEE Professor Shawn Klein has a new course for Spring 2012: Ideas of Liberty in Modern Philosophy. Our ideas about liberty and individual freedom have their roots in the thinkers of the 17th and 18th centuries. Students will explore these ideas in the influential works of Hobbes, Locke, Smith, Burke, and other modern thinkers.

View a PDF of the flyer here.

View a PDF of all the Spring 2012 Philosophy courses.

CEE Interview with Douglas Den Uyl

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Dr. Stephen Hicks, CEE’s executive director, talks with guest speaker Douglas Den Uyl about the essence of capitalism.

Ethics of the Profit Motive

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Chris Macdonald, at his Business Ethics Blog, explores the ethics of the profit motive. The profit motive is often blamed for the unethical and illegal actions of businesspeople that we read about in the news every day. But does the profit motive necessarily lead to wrongdoing? And aren’t businesspeople, like everyone else, motivated by much more than just a desire to profit?

Read the article here.

Also, check out this excellent list of 50 ethics blogs.

New Reading Groups!

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

The Department of Philosophy and the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship are sponsoring two new reading groups, which are open to all interested members of the Rockford University community.

The Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith. This group will meet from 1-2 pm in the CEE office on the second floor of Burpee on the following dates:

January 22
February 5
February 26
March 19
April 9
April 30
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The discussions will be led by Professor Shawn Klein, with Prof. Matthew Flamm. Also, there will be complementary snacks at each meeting!

Honor: A History by James Bowman. This group will meet from 6-7 pm in Scarborough 204 on the following dates:

February 9
February 23
March 16
March 30

The discussions will be led by Professors Stephen Hicks and Shawn Klein.
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Free copies of the books will be given to all who are interested in participating. Stop by the CEE office on the second floor of Burpee (open 9-5 weekdays) to pick up your free copy, or feel welcome to get one at the first meeting.

Also, view the PDFs of the Adam Smith group and the Honor group flyers.