About CISC

There is no question today more urgent and that deserves greater attention than this: Is capitalism a just and moral system?

At the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism, our mission is to examine and to increase public awareness of the moral foundations of capitalism. In pursuit of this mission, we teach numerous courses, offer unique scholarship opportunities and host engaging public events.

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  • 20 classes taught in 2014
  • 643 students taught in 2014
  • 60 students at 2014 conference
  • Scholarship

  • 1 visiting scholar in 2014
  • 1 book published in 2014
  • 90 professors at 2014 conference
  • Outreach

  • 2 public lectures in 2014
  • 575 public lecture attendees in 2014
  • 648 free books distributed in 2014
  • Publications

    The Institute was founded on the belief that scholarship regarding morality, politics and economics must rigorously adhere to reality and human nature. We therefore examine how certain ideas actually work in practice and whether those ideas produce freedom, opportunity and prosperity for those who affirm them.

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    Academic Advisory Council

    Gary S. Becker


    University of Chicago

    Winner of the 1992 Nobel Prize in Economics

    Robert B. Ekelund

    Auburn University

    Richard A. Epstein

    University of Chicago Law School

    Kenneth R. French

    Dartmouth College

    Robert P. George

    Princeton University

    Alan Charles Kors

    University of Pennsylvania

    Harvey C. Mansfield

    Harvard University

    Tara Smith

    The University of Texas

    Vernon Smith

    Chapman University

    Winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics

    Gordon S. Wood

    Brown University

    Winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for History