Philosophy of Economics

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Philosophy of Economics

Philosophy of Economics

Exploring the worldly philosophy of economics

Frank Stilwell in dialogue with the ideas of Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Henry George & John Maynard Keynes at Bundeena House.

Our lives are shaped by economic conditions - what work we do; what assets we own; what incomes we get; and what wealth, if any, we accumulate. These economic systems also substantially shape our social beliefs and political attitudes. The different schools of economic thought offer lenses through which we can see and interpret the major economic problems of the modern era insecure incomes, periodic economic crises, vast economic inequalities, and growing tension between economic growth and the natural environment. The lenses through which we look at such problems determines what causes and remedies we see. At root are three profound questions: what sort of society do we want? what sort of economy would that require? and how can we get it?

This introductory talk and subsequent discussion is an opportunity to explore these connections between philosophy, economic thought, and the big challenges that all societies now face.

Frank Stilwell is Professor Emeritus in Political Economy at the University of Sydney. He is a well-known critic of conventional economics, having written and taught for over 50 years about alternative way of understanding what shapes our economic experiences. He has published 20 books, including Political Economy: the Contest of Economic Ideas and The Political Economy of Inequality. He is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and is the editor of The Journal of Australian Political Economy. Frank lives in Bundeena.

Saturday 9 July 3:00pm to 4:30pm

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