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Self-Interest Rightly Understood

The system of capitalism has since Adam Smith been premised on the idea of self-interest. Throughout much of history, however, the concept of self-interest has been cast in a negative light and as morally questionable. This lecture will examine the revolution in the understanding of self-interest and, when rightly understood, the role it plays in the proper foundation of a free society.


Join Eric Daniels for a conversation about “Self-Interest Rightly Understood” on Wednesday, June 23 at 7 pm EST.


This webinar is the first in a three-part series on liberty and character development co-hosted by the Lyceum Program at Clemson University and the Foundation for Economic Education. The series runs on June 23, June 30, and July 7 at 7 pm EST. You can register for a single webinar or sign up for all three!  


View the webinar recording.


Presenter- Eric Daniels

Eric Daniels is Assistant Director of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism (CISC). Prior to joining the CISC, Eric served as the Head of School at LePort Montessori, a private school in Southern California. He has published on the history of individualism in American thought, monopolies and antitrust, and American political history. Eric holds a B.A. in History and Rhetoric from Drake University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.