VISU Vienna Summer University 2006 - Scientific World Conceptions

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VISU 2006 - Philosophy and Economics

The Sixth Vienna Summer University was held on 17-28 July 2006.

The lecturers were:
Geoffrey Brennan (Duke University, USA)
Hartmut Kliemt (University of Duisburg, Germany)
Bernd Lahno (University of Duisburg, Germany)



The course dealt with some fundamental problems of philosophy and economics, spanning a wide range of topics from ethics to methodology and addressing both substantial and formal, historical and topical issues. This approach showed how broad the field of "Philosophy, Politics, and Economics" has become, as is also reflected in our present interests as philosopher-economists. Alluding to one of John Broome's titles, we could say that we will have both "economics out of philosophy" and "philosophy out of economics". The course was genuinely interdisciplinary. In addition to material assigned for each lecture, general background material (as a sort of introductory course to "philosophy and economics") was provided in electronic form to facilitate an inter-disciplinary discussion.

The lectures dealt with the following topics:
The economic approach to ethics
Discounting the future
Rational choice from a participant's and from the objective point of view
Arrow and the economic approach
Sen and Coase
Trust, its role and its evolution
Economising on virtue
The economy of virtue
David Hume's theory of government
Esteem: conceptual and analytic
No theory of justice
Expressive voting
Public and private responsibility in health care and the limits of state action




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