Classics of Ethics, Politics and Economics

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2018

This course explores some influential texts in the Western intellectual tradition, selected to promote reflection on three deceptively simple topics: What is ethics? What is politics? What is economics? As well as situating authors in their historical contexts and considering their engagements with their predecessors, we keep a special eye on the following inquiry. How did ancient Greek oikonomia, the science of household management, ‘turn into’ modern economics, the master discipline of our time, which claims to illuminate choice-making under any and all conditions of scarcity—and what changing ethical and political presuppositions did this transformation involve?

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