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Adam Smith: poverty and famine

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 5:15pm
Queen’s College, Oxford
Shulman Auditorium

Co-hosted by the Voltaire Foundation and the TORCH Enlightenment Programme, this event will see David Wootton (Anniversary Professor of History, University of York) speak on the theme of ‘Adam Smith: poverty and famine’ as the 2017 Besterman Lecture.

In The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith claims that all famines are made by governments – in a free trade economy starvation will never occur. What were Smith's grounds for making this remarkable claim? What did he know about famine? How does Smith's argument relate to Amartya Sen's recent claim that famines never occur in democracies? This lecture catches Smith defending the indefensible for partisan purposes.

This event is open to all. 

Drinks will be served after the event. 

Contact name: 
Kelsey Rubin-Detlev
Audience: 
Open to all