Political Philosopher Michael Sandel on “Rescuing Economics from Economists”

March 28, 2018

Political and business leaders now use economic concepts to describe ever more aspects of life while granting inevitability to global economic processes.

The Humanities Council’s 2018 Belknap Global Conversation & Workshop on “The Moral Economy,” hosted April 6 and 7 by Princeton history professor Jeremy Adelman and Samuel Moyn (Yale), asks how we got here and what to do now. Princeton professors and guests from institutions across the U.S. tackle how we use the language of the market: what alternatives we have, and how we have set aside others.

Acknowledging the potency of the economics discipline, which has created powerful computational models of social behavior, the discussions will address how a society of calculated values adapts and includes human values.

The keynote talk by Michael Sandel (Harvard), “Toward a Moral Economy: Rescuing Economics from Economists,” will be introduced by Esther Schor, Acting Chair of the Humanities Council.  It will be followed by comments from Princeton professor of economics and humanistic studies Marc Fleurbaey and Margaret Levi (CASBS-Stanford).

Five panel discussions will examine economic, political, and historical thinking from around the globe on innovation and justice, reciprocity and wealth.

Full event details and program schedule

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