Conference (Call for papers): 3rd International Conference “Economic Philosophy”, 15-16 June, 2016, GREQAM (Strasbourg, France)

The 3rd International Conference Economic Philosophy will be held in Aix-en-Provence on June 15-16, 2016. It is organized by GREQAM, in collaboration with the Philosophy-Economics Network. The focus of this international conference is The economic agent and its representation(s). We support all contributors working on economic philosophy to submit papers relevant to the theme. Other contributions from economic philosophy are welcome.

The program will consist of both contributed papers and keynote lectures given by:

  • Daniel Hausman, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Cristina Bicchieri, University of Pennsylvania.

Theme of the conference developed

It goes without saying that how the “economic agent” is represented does matter to the utmost. It matters as much for economic theory as for empirical investigations that are based upon such models. It matters in the way institutions emerge, as to how societies get organized, and for the many devices contributing to the “general good” (whether they appear spontaneously, or are pragmatically and purposely created). It matters also for correcting incomplete or missing markets.

As economics represents and models society, economic analysis relies on ‘representational tools’ towards a better understanding of the economic world. Hence, how to represent the economic agent plays a crucial role and remains in all cases of major significance. The economic agent can be displayed in many ways, such as maximizing agent, possibly contrasted with rationally bounded (or “located”) agent, representative agent, possibly contrasted with agent of the agent-based modeling, and many others. The different kinds of representation can be complementary or can be (fully or partly) inconsistent. The various representations of agents imply different representations of the market(s), of the institution(s), and of ‘spheres’ where agents appear (spheres of interaction, spheres of justice and spheres of power), spheres where are different from markets.

From a philosophical point of view, what are the assumptions and implications of the use of the representative agent as it is developed in the frame of some economic models? Those that use of many heterogeneous agents, so to speak, “interacting”, for instance? What makes a complex world, if not such agents? How (and how much) do origins, cultures and civilizations in which agents are embedded really matter? Does evolution matter as such? Does the brain (only) matter? Do moral values matter (to us)? If some of these queries receive positive answers, what does it imply with respect to agent-based modelling, macroeconomic modelling, econometrics, behavioural and experimental economics, and so many other fields?

This series of questions highlight a huge varsity of representations of the economic agent as well as the need for a wide spectrum of approaches to grasp it as efficiently as possible. As we investigate representational tools dealing with this agent in economic analysis, many levels of philosophical issues come to the fore: ontological, epistemological, methodological, psychological, ethical. Since economic philosophy must – insofar as it is a self-reflective inquiry on theory and practice of economics – candidly face these issues, an articulation and clarification of their practical consequences in terms of choice, justice, welfare (and on many other topics) is needed to depict and represent the economic agent satisfyingly.

The complex network of all these issues will be at the core of this conference. In order to bring clarity about what is at stake in the understanding of the economic agent and its representations, possible topics for proposals can notably include:

– The “individuality” of the economic agent and her rational behavior
– The ontology and epistemology of preferences
– Normative and positive models of the economic agent
– Economic agent, social values and institutions
– Economic agent and moral values
– Economic agent and its identity
– Political aspects of the economic agent
– Public decisions and economic agency
– Agency and efficiency
– Welfarist and non-welfarist approaches of economic agency
– Representation(s) of agents for regulatory purpose

Many other topics may naturally come handy and are welcome. We particularly support the idea of a broad range of contributions to fuel the exchange of ideas and debates.

Abstract Proposals

Abstracts (max. 500 words) should be prepared for blind review and sent to the following address:, by March 15, 2016.

Abstracts and papers can be written and presented either in French or in English. Keynote speeches will be given in English. A fair number of parallel sessions will be held in English making sure an open choice of sessions is given whatever the language. Part of the staff will be bilingual.

Proposals for thematic sessions

There is room to organize thematic sessions. Organizers of such sessions are welcome to make themselves known. Please submit your proposals along the same lines (French or English with max. 800 words in this case) by February 28, 2016.

For more details, submission and registration, please visit the conference website

Scientific Committee

Erik Angner (George Mason University)
Richard Arena (GREDEG, Université Nice Sophia-Antipolis)
Antoinette Baujard (GATE L-SE, Université de Saint-Etienne)
Claude d’Aspremont (CORE, Université catholique de Louvain)
Constanze Binder (EIPE, Erasmus Rotterdam University)
Ken Binmore (University of London)
Lawrence Boland (Simon Fraser University)
Richard Bradley (CPNSS, LSE)
Geoffrey Brennan (RSSS, Australian National University)
John Broome (University of Oxford)
Ricardo Crespo (Universidad Austral)
Franz Dietrich (CNRS & CES)
Ragip Ege (BETA, Université de Strasbourg)
Claude Gamel (LEST, Université d’Aix-Marseille)
Nicolas Gravel (GREQAM, Université d’Aix-Marseille)
Francesco Guala (University of Milan)
Geoffrey M. Hodgson (University of Hertfordshire)
Herrade Igersheim (CNRS et BETA, Université de Strasbourg)
Alan Kirman (GREQAM, Université d’Aix-Marseille)
Maurice Lagueux (émérite, Université de Montréal)
André Lapied (GREQAM, Université d’Aix-Marseille)
André Lapidus (PHARE, Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Christian List (CPNSS, LSE)
Pierre Livet (CEPERC, Université d’Aix-Marseille)
Alain Leroux (GREQAM, Université d’Aix-Marseille)
Uskali Mäki (TINT, University of Helsinki)
Patrick Mardellat (CLERSE, Science Po Lille)
Emmanuel Picavet (NOSOPHI, Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Don Ross (University of Cape Town)
Maurice Salles (CREM, Université de Caen Basse-Normandie)
Bertram Schefold (Goethe University Frankfurt)
Bernard Walliser (Paris School of Economics)

Organizing Committee

Gilles Campagnolo (CNRS & GREQAM, Université d’Aix-Marseille)
Philippe Grill (GREQAM, Université d’Aix-Marseille)
Feriel Kandil (GREQAM, Université d’Aix-Marseille)
Jean Magnan de Bornier (GREQAM, Université d’Aix-Marseille)
Jean-Sébastien Gharbi (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne & GREQAM, associate member)

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