Jane Austen’s “country house” novels display a vivid picture of human nature grounded in the classical liberal thought found in Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759). Not only do their characters teach us about the virtues we should practice and the vices we should avoid in order to lead fulfilling lives, but their story lines give us a glimpse into the types of economic arrangements that recognize the dignity of all and further promote human flourishing.

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