Spring Readings

It’s that time of year again, time to delve into a new research project! This year, my topic is “Adam Smith in Paris” — the Scottish moral philosopher and father of modern economics lived in Paris for most of the year 1766 –, so my spring 2022 reading list includes the following scholarly tomes (subtitles in parenthesis):

  1. Philipp Blom, A Wicked Company (The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment) (2010), the cover of which is pictured below.
  2. Julian Baggini, The Great Guide (What David Hume Can Teach Us about Being Human and Living Well) (2021).
  3. Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, The Origins of Physiocracy (Economic Revolution and Social Order in 18th-Century France) (1976).
  4. Steven L. Kaplan, Bread, Politics, and Political Economy in the Reign of Louis XV (1976).
  5. _____________, The Famine Plot Persuasion in 18th-Century France (1982).
  6. Nina Kushner, Erotic Exchanges (The World of Elite Prostitution in 18th-Century Paris) (2013).
  7. Ann Lewis & Markman Ellis, editors, Prostitution and 18th-Century Culture (Sex, Commerce, and Morality) (2012).
  8. Meghan K. Roberts, Sentimental Savants (Philosophical Families in Enlightenment France) (2016).
  9. Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations [1776].
  10. Joan Hinde Stewart, The Novels of Madame Riccoboni (1976).

(Note: The above list of books does not include the many dozens of research articles, scholarly papers, historical studies, and unpublished doctoral dissertations on mid-18th-Century Paris that I have also been dutifully reading.)

Book Review: A Wicked Company - WSJ

About F. E. Guerra-Pujol

When I’m not blogging, I am a business law professor at the University of Central Florida.
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