Economics and Ethics?

Economics and Ethics?

Economics and Ethics?

Economics and Ethics?

Synopsis

In December 1994, social scientists from many different fields attended a workshop to discuss the current state of the economics-ethics nexus by way of examining past and contemporary practice. This is a set of reflections by practitioners.

Excerpt

The papers in this book were all produced in connection with a two day workshop on economics and ethics held at Sydney University in December 1994. The workshop was divided into four sessions, with papers circulated beforehand, together with a book of readings of extracts of a number of classical texts relevant to the topic. It was organised by the Centre for the Study of the History of Economic Thought at Sydney University with co-sponsorship from the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. The forty participants who attended the workshop were drawn from the membership of both sponsoring organisations and elsewhere. This contributed to the inter-disciplinary nature of the discussion; partly reflected in the revised papers contained in this volume, and in the additional comments provided by a (philosophical) economist and an anthropologist, in response to some of the argument they had listened to. As convenor and editor of the workshop and its proceedings, I record my gratitude to the cooperation of participants, to Miss Valeric Jones for word processing the final manuscript, and to the editorial and production staff of Routledge for seeing it through the press. The volume is dedicated to the memory of Barry Gordon, whose untimely death in March 1994 prevented him from putting his own stamp on programme and proceedings, thereby producing an outcome slightly different from that originally intended when we planned the workshop as co-convenors. This is explained in the introduction, which also provides an overview of some of the issues discussed at the workshop.

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