29 June 2011
This Year's Templeton Prize
A hearty and resounding congratulations to Ryan Patrick Hanley, whose book Adam Smith and the Character of Virtue was just announced as the winner of the 2010 Templeton Enterprise Award. This award is given to the best book in "humane economics" whose author was under the age of forty at the time of publication. First place, which Professor Hanley's book won, carries with it a $50,000 cash prize--more than what comes with a Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award!
I have read Ryan's book, and I can attest that it is one of the best books on Smith that has been written in the last decade. It is thus a well-deserved honor.