Workshop: on Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen’s ‘Luck Egalitarianism’, May 26th-27th, 2015, Hoover Chair (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)

The Hoover Chair for economic and social ethics is happy to announce a book workshop on Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen’s forthcoming book on Luck Egalitarianism.  The claims made in the book, as well as the general theoretical approach, will be critically discussed over the course of these two days, followed by replies from the author.

Speakers include:

  • Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen (Aarhus),
  • Zofia Stemplowska (Oxford),
  • Juliana Bidadanure (EUI),
  • David Axelsen (Aarhus/LSE),
  • Danielle Zwarthoed (Louvain),
  • Robert van der Veen (Uva),
  • Axel Gosseries (Louvain),
  • Nicholas Vrousalis (Leiden),
  • Gianfranco Pellegrino (LUISS)
  • and many others.

What: Book Workshop on Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen’s ‘Luck Egalitarianism’
When: 26/27 May 2015
Where: University of Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve), Belgium
Programme of the workshop:

All are welcome to attend (there is no attendance fee), but please register via, (preferably) before the 10th of May.

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Conference (Call for Papers): Causality and Modelling in the Sciences, June 29th- July 1st, 2015, UNED (Madrid, Spain)

The tenth conference in the Causality in the Sciences series of conferences will be hosted by the National University of Distance Education in Madrid from June 29th to July 1st, 2015.

Organiser: María Jimenez-Buedo (UNED, Madrid)


Both causality and modelling play a central role in the sciences. Causal inference (finding out what causes what) and causal explanation (explaining how a cause produces its effect) are major scientific tasks in fields as diverse as astrophysics, biochemistry, biomedical or social and behavioural sciences, and questions of causality are typically investigated by building models. Many models have become famous in their own right, such as Bohr’s model of the atom, still used long after the background theory was abandoned; the Lotka-Volterra model of the dynamic interactions between predator and prey; the Ising model in physics (and now econophysics) showing by simulation how phase change can be caused by a small number of parameters; the Schelling model in social sciences, demonstrating again by simulation that only a mild preference for living closer to those of similar racial origin to yourself can lead to the formation of ghettos; and the Phillips Machine built to model the macro-economy. Styles of models range from complex computational simulations to equations or groups of equations, to conceptualisations of a problem, often made more concrete in diagrams or animations. There has been recent work on many aspects of modelling, including issues that impact on the public domain, such as the appropriateness of economic models in light of the global financial crash, or the challenges of climate modelling.

Previous conferences in the Causality in the Sciences series have investigated the relationship between causality and challenging concepts such as probability, mechanisms, evidence, experimentation and complexity. This one will focus on the relationship between causality and modelling. This raises many important questions deeply embedded in the practices of the sciences:

  • What are models and how can we use them to establish or investigate causal relations?
  • Is the nature of models the same or different across scientific domains? What are the relevant distinctions between different modelling practices?
  • How should we regard formal techniques for quantitative representation of causal relations, and for data mining?
  • Can purely predictive models be useful in investigating causal systems?
  • What good are models for pedagogical purposes?
  • How should we trade off close relationship to the target system with increasing idealization and sophistication of the model?


  • Caterina Marchionni (University of Helsinki)
  • Michael Weisberg (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Charlotte Werndl (Salzburg University)


  • 15th March 2015: deadline for submission of titles and abstracts of papers for presentation at the conference

Please submit your anonymized abstract (500 words max) in doc, docx, txt, rtf or pdf format. Preference will be given to papers that discuss both modelling and causality, and also to papers that develop examples or case studies within the sciences.

To be emailed to Maria Jimenez-Buedo (

  • 15th April 2015: notification of acceptance.
  • 20th May 2015: deadline for receipt of early registration

Registration fee: 90 euros (early registration: 60 euros)

  • 29th June-1st July 2015: conference

Abstracts will be refereed by the CitS steering committee and the local organiser:
Isabelle Drouet, Phyllis Illari, Bert Leuridan, Julian Reiss, Federica Russo, Erik Weber, Jon Williamson together with Maria Jimenez-Buedo.

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Workshop: Social Egalitarianism and the Economy, May 21st-22nd, 2015, University of Manchester (Manchester, United-Kingdom)

The University of Manchester organizes on May 21st and 22nd, 2015, a two days workshop on Social Egalitarianism and the Economy (University of Manchester, Boardroom, Arthur Lewis Building). This workshop is the third of four workshops on Social Equality and is sponsored by the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust.


Growing inequality threatens social cohesion, increases social risks, and undermines people’s self-respect. While it is clear that we live in deeply inegalitarian societies, there exists wide disagreement over how best to understand the ideal of equality, and over which norms and policies should be pursued in efforts to improve the status quo. One promising answer, distinct from more familiar ‘distributive’ views, is the idea of relational or social egalitarianism, which postulates that all citizens should relate to one another as equals. But what exactly does this idea entail, and how can it inform public policy and practical politics?

This third workshop will link the often separate debates on social equality and on the political economy of a just society. It will focus on the question of what kind of political economy is most conducive to social equality, and investigate the norms and principles that should govern an economy of socially equal citizens.

Convened by Christian Schemmel (Manchester), Fabian Schuppert (QUB), Emily McTernan (UCL), and Martin O’Neill (York)

Speakers (provisional paper titles):

  • Kate Pickett (York): “Economic democracy: A convenient truth?
  • Ingrid Robeyns (Utrecht): TBA
  • Albert Weale (UCL): “What if social equality increases the inequality of wealth?”
  • Daniel Attas (Hebrew University, Jerusalem): “Expressive justice at work”
  • Steve Hood (Manchester): “Two accounts of market economies”
  • Martin O’Neill (York): “Social inequality, predistribution and the role of labour unions”
  • Christian Schemmel (Manchester): “Political, social, and market equality”


The workshop is free, but prior registration is required. Places are limited, and registration is on a first come, first served-basis.

To register, please e-mail Noemie Rouault (, with your name, institution, and any dietary requirements.

For any other question, please contact Christian Schemmel (

Event website:

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Job position: Assistant Director, George Mason University (Fairfax, United States)

The Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, seeks to hire an Assistant Director.

The Assistant Director will assist the Institute Director in planning, organizing, and directing the day-to-day operations of the Institute, with a focus on development and execution of sponsored research proposals.  In this capacity the Assistant Director will work with members of the Institute to develop and prepare research proposals, help Institute members to find appropriate venues for submission of proposals, and seek collaborative research opportunities across campus, and with other partner universities and other institutions.  It is expected that the Assistant Director will participate in sponsored research with other members of the Institute, including leading his or her own research projects as appropriate.  The Assistant Director will also work with the Director to design, develop, and coordinate, Institute programs and events (e.g., topic specific workshops and conferences).  The Assistant Director will direct the work of other institute staff providing editorial assistance on Institute journals, creating and updating Institute materials, and maintaining its web page.

A Ph.D. or equivalent degree in philosophy, political theory, or policy studies is strongly preferred.  Writing and editing skills are crucial to the position.  The selected candidate should have organizational and budget management skills, and be able to effectively develop and implement programs.  The selected candidate must demonstrate initiative, as well as project management skills.  Salary is competitive.  No teaching is required for this position, but additional teaching opportunities may be available after the first year.  The position will start as soon as possible after June 1.

Applications should include (1) a letter describing the applicant’s, interests, and experience in sponsored research activities; (2) a CV; (3) samples of written work; and (4) letters of recommendation.  Applications should be sent by May 15, 2015, to

Roger Paden, Interim Director, Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, Mail Stop 3F1, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 22030.  Questions may be sent to  The Fairfax campus of George Mason University is located in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area within commuting distance by public transportation.  George Mason is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer.  The College of Humanities and Social Sciences particularly encourages and welcomes applications from women, minority candidates, and persons with disabilities.

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Conference (Call for Papers): 3rd International Scientific Conference on Economics, culture, values: Metaeconomics, June 18th-19th, 2015, FME (Gdańsk, Poland)

The 3rd International Scientific Conference on Economics, culture, values will be hosted by the Faculty of Management and Economics (FME) of Gdańsk University of Technology in Gdańsk, Poland from June 18th-19th, 2015. This year the conference is entitled “Metaeconomics”.

Call for Papers

What is metaeconomics? Metaeconomics is, from one hand, a philosophical analysis, problematization and (sometimes) deconstruction of the concepts, methods, cognitive patterns and scientific programs applied within the field of economics (this is the reflection in the immanent sense); on the other hand, metaeconomics implies investigating the ways how economical processes, phenomena and institutions are embedded within social structures, cultural practices, political systems and axiological frameworks, which are the traditional objects of interest of the social sciences and humanities (transcendent reflection).

The conference will focus on the several fields of the metaeconomic reflection:

I. Philosophy of economics

Contemporary philosophy of economics focuses on several pivotal topics we would like to address: how (philosophically) justified is the division between the normative and positive economics? What does “rationality” mean in economics? Should economics explain away the behavior of the subjects in terms of causes (explanation, laws of nature) or in terms of Verstehen (understanding, act of recreating of the horizons of meaning for the social agents)? What are the consequences of choosing one of the these options? To what extent ceteris paribus clause, idealizations or unrealistic assumptions which reduce the complexity of the investigate phenomena (such a rational agent) are admissible in economics? What is the economic or econometric model: a convenient tool for organizing our knowledge or simply an approximation of some real existing entities and relations? (problem of representation); In what sense economic theory is based on empirical evidence?

II. Anthropology of economics

Contemporary anthropology of economics encompasses many detailed subfields and deals with the whole gamut of problems, such as: ethnocentrism and ratiocentrism of the classical economics; mainstream economics and feministic and ecological challenges; anthropology of development; economics and the problem of human nature; culture and its influence on economics; value, gift, exchange and consumption in the anthropological perspective, etc.

III. Economic sociology

Economic sociology consists of investigating variables and economic models from the sociological perspective, thus implying that systematic investigation of the economic phenomena has at the same time take into consideration group as a basic level of analysis and accept the embeddedness of the economic relations in the social structure (Granovetter). Submitted papers may gravitate towards such subjects as: sociological models of

the market-driven behavior; institutional conditioning of the functioning of the economy; historical and comparative method in economic sociology; social structures, networks and economic sociology; social legitimization of certain macroeconomic solutions; economics in the  perspective of actor-network theory and social studies of science.

IV. Political economy

Political economy links economic questions with the problem of the socio-political organization. At the conference several issues will be particularly welcome, such as: global inequalities and the question of the (re)distributive justice; intersections of the civil society, state and the market; applications of the theories of the social and public choice to particular phenomena; ideology and economic theory; economic thought and its ties with political and social philosophy etc.

All questions and problems listed above are to be read as merely suggestions. Any interesting proposition from conference participants are welcome.

Abstracts submission deadline expires on 17th May 2015

Titled abstract should consist of 800 signs (with spaces) and key words and should be sent as an attached file to our conference e-mail address

Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Grzegorz Kołodko (Leon Koźmiński Academy, former Deputy Prime Minister of Poland and Minister of Finance),
  • Prof. Uskali Mäki (Helsinki University),
  • Prof. Julian Reiss (Durham University) and
  • Prof. Andrzej Rychard (Polish Academy of Sciences).

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Seminar: Antoinette Baujard, April 2nd, 2015, CES (Paris, France)

On April 2nd, Antoinette Baujard (Université Jean Monnet, GATE) is invited in the Cercle d’épistémologie économique organised by the economic epistemology department of the Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne (from 6.00 to 8.00 pm, 106-112 Bd de l’hôpital, Maison des Sciences Économiques, room of the 6th floor, Paris). The title of her presentation will be Value judgements and economic expertise“.

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Seminar: Raphaël Giraud, April 2nd, 2015, IHPST (Paris, France)

On April 2nd, Raphaël Giraud (LED, Université Paris-VIII) is invited in the seminar of the team Décision, Rationalité, Interaction (IHPST) (from 5.00 to 7.00 pm, seminar room of the department of cognitive studies of École Normale Supérieure, 29 rue d’Ulm, 75005 Paris). The title of his presentation will be “An Elementary Axiomatization of the Smooth Ambiguity Model”.

Abstract: The smooth ambiguity model (Klibanoff, Marinacci, and Mukerji, 2005) is a growingly popular model of decision making under ambiguity among applied economists because it is very tractable compared to other alternatives. As far as its preference foundations are concerned, however, the situation is not entirely satisfactory: axiomatizations exist in the literature (Klibanoff et al., 2005; Nau, 2006; Seo, 2009; Giraud, 2014), yet none of them is set up in a framework that would make it directly comparable to the axiomatizations of alternative models. All extant axiomatizations use some form of enriched setup with respect to the traditional setup involving only first order acts (Savage acts or Anscombe-Aumann horse lotteries), they are not elementary. By contrast, we aim here at providing an elementary axiomatization of SOSEU, in the sense of only using first order acts. We show that the main axiom characterizing SOSEU in the class of preferences satisfying both continuity and the separation of utility from beliefs is a form of probability-wise dominance axiom with a twist capturing ambiguity attitude: given two portfolios of acts (i.e. weighted combinations of acts), if the weighted average of ambiguity-twisted expectations of each act in the first portfolio is larger than the corresponding weighted average of the second portfolio for all possible priors, then replacing the expectation by the certainty equivalent for each act in the portfolio does not reverse the preference. We also examine to what extent our axiomatization can be seen as a reduced form of other axiomatizations in the literature and prove that not all axiomatizations are equivalent, in the sense that Seo (2009)’s axiomatization uses the same amount of information as the one contained in our axiomatization, whereas Klibanoff et al. (2005)’s framework and axiomatization use extra and irreducible information.

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Seminar: Tuomas Tahko, March 30th, 2015, TINT (Helsinki, Finland)

On March 30th, Tuomas Tahko (Univeristy of Helsinki) will present one of his works in the Research seminar of TINT (from 2.00 to 4.00 pm, University of Helsinki, Main Building, room 4). The title of his presentation will be “Breaking the Laws (of Nature).

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Seminar: Michael Morreau, March 30th, 2015, EIPE (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

On March 30th, Michael Morreau (The Arctic University of Norway) is invited in the research seminar of the Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (from 5.00 to 6.30 pm, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, Theil Building, C1-5). The title of his presentation will be Value Illusions in Collective Grading.

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Book: Aristides N. Hatzis & Nicholas Mercuro, Law and Economics. Philosophical Issues and Fundamental Questions (Routledge, 2015)

Aristides N. Hatzis & Nicholas Mercuro have recently published a book entitled Law and Economics. Philosophical Issues and Fundamental Questions  (Routledge, 2015, 416 pages).

Abstract: The Law and Economics approach to law dominates the intellectual discussion of nearly every doctrinal area of law in the United States and its influence is growing steadily throughout Europe, Asia, and South America. Numerous academics and practitioners are working in the field with a flow of uninterrupted scholarship that is unprecedented, as is its influence on the law.

Academically every major law school in the United States has a Law and Economics program and the emergence of similar programs on other continents continues to accelerate. Despite its phenomenal growth, the area is also the target of an ongoing critique by lawyers, philosophers, psychologists, social scientists, even economists since the late 1970s. While the critique did not seem to impede the development of the field, it certainly has helped it to become more sophisticated, inclusive, and mature. In this volume some of the leading scholars working in the field, as well as a number of those critical of Law and Economics, discuss the foundational issues from various perspectives: philosophical, moral, epistemological, methodological, psychological, political, legal, and social.

The philosophical and methodological assumptions of the economic analysis of law are criticized and defended, alternatives are proposed, old and new applications are discussed.

The book is ideal for a main or supplementary textbook in courses and seminars on legal theory, philosophy of law, jurisprudence, and (of course) Law and Economics.

1. Norms and Values in the Economic Approach to Law
2. Flawed Foundations: The Philosophical Critique of (a Particular Type of) Economics
3. Norms and Values in the Study of Law
4. The Dominance of Norms
5. From Dismal to Dominance?
6. Beyond The Law-And-Economics Approach – From Dismal To Democratic
7. Functional Law and Economics: The Search for Value-Neutral Principles of Lawmaking
8. Law & Economics: Systems of Social Control, Managed Drift, and the Dilemma of Rent Seeking in a Representative Democracy
9. Autonomy, Welfare, and the Pareto Principle
10. Any Normative Policy Analysis Not Based on Kaldor-Hicks Efficiency Violates Scholarly Transparency Norms
11. Law and Economics, the Moral Limits of the Market, and Threshold Deontology
12. Moral Externalities: An Economic Approach to the Legal Enforcement of Morality
13. Engagement with Economics: The New Hybrids of Family Law/Law & Economics Thinking
14. The Figure of the Judge in Law and Economics
15. Behavioral Law and Economics: Its Origins, Fatal Flaws, and Implications for Liberty

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