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University of Leiden
Institute for Philosophy

​I am a British academic philosopher living in the Netherlands. My research and teaching focuses on ethics, especially ethical issues in business, capitalism and academic economics.

Presently I am a lecturer in the Philosophical Perspectives on Politics and the Economy MA programme at Leiden Institute for Philosophy. Before coming to Leiden I held positions at the philosophy or economics departments of Erasmus University Rotterdam, the University of Groningen, Tilburg University, and the University of Witten/Herdecke.

Before that, I studied natural sciences and philosophy at the University of Durham in the UK (BA & MA) followed by an MA and PhD in philosophy and economics at the Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics in Rotterdam.

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Selection of Publications

In Adam Smith’s Own Words: The Role of Virtues in the Relationship Between Free Market Economies and Societal Flourishing, A Semantic Network Data‑Mining Approach

Graafland, Johan; Wells, Thomas

In Adam Smith’s Own Words: The Role of Virtues in the Relationship Between Free Market Economies and Societal Flourishing, A Semantic Network Data‑Mining Approach Journal Article

Journal of Business Ethics, 2020.

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What Adam Smith Really Thought Should Not Matter

Wells, Thomas

What Adam Smith Really Thought Should Not Matter Journal Article

Business Ethics Journal Review, 7 (7), pp. 40-46, 2019.

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Adam Smith’s Bourgeois Virtues in Competition

Wells, Thomas; Graafland, Johan

Adam Smith’s Bourgeois Virtues in Competition Journal Article

Business Ethics Quarterly, 22 (2), pp. 319-350, 2012.

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Also available in: Dutch

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