Journal: Filosofía de la Economía, vol. 4 (June 2015)

The latest issue of Filosofía de la Economia is published. As usual all the articles are fully and freely accessible. You can find herein the table of contents (Vol. 4):

Articles:
Davis, John B, “Agency and the process aspect of capability development: Individual capabilities, collective capabilities, and collective intentions“,
Menudo, José M, “La science du commerce de A.-R.-J. Turgot (in Spanish)”,
Falgueras Sorauren, Ignacio & Falgueras Salinas, Ignacio, “La posible ayuda de la filosofía a la economía“,
Zanotti, Gabriel & Borella, Agustina, Modelos y escuela Austriaca: une fusion entre Friedman y la escuela Austriaca pasando pro Mäki“,
Marin, Solange Regina & Quintana, André Marzulo, “O Sentido Subjetivo: O Ressentimento como Circunstância de Justiça em Adam Smith“,
Gomez Olivares & Mario Guillermo, “O Pensamento Filosófico de J.M. Keynes, das convicções éticas ao realismo político“.

Book Reviews:
Crespo, Ricardo F. “Reseña The Economy of Recognition. Person, market and society in Antonio Rosmini“,
Ivarola, Leonardo,Reseña Evidence-Based Policy: a Practical Guide to Doing it Better“.

Further information on this issue of Filosofía de la Economia:
http://ppct.caicyt.gov.ar/index.php/filoecon/index

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Seminar: Jaakko Kuorikoski & Samuli Pöyhönen, October 12th, 2015, TINT (Helsinki, Finland)

On October 12th, Jaakko Kuorikoski & Samuli Pöyhönen (University of Helsinki) will present one of their works in the Research seminar of TINT (from 2.00 to 4.00 pm, University of Helsinki, U40, room 4). The title of their presentation will be “The evidential role of virtual experiments: an inferentialist account”.

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Seminar: Boaz Miller, October 12th, 2015, EIPE (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

On October 12th, Boaz Miller (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) 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, C1-3). The title of his presentation will be An epistemic defence of moderate wishful thinking.

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Seminar: Jonathan Birch, October 12th, 2015, BSPSL-LSE (London, United Kingdom)

On October 12th, Jonathan Birch (LSE) is invited in the research seminar of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science Lecture (BSPSL) in (London School of Economics) (from 5.15 to 6.45 pm, LAK.2.06, 2nd floor of the Lakatos Building, Portugal Street). The title of his presentation will be “Kin selection, group selection and cultural change“.

Abstract: The relationship between kin and group selection is a vexed issue in evolutionary theory, and matters are not helped by a tendency to conflate questions of methodology with questions of causal reality. Drawing inspiration from W. D. Hamilton, I suggest we conceptualise the distinction between kin and group selection in terms of differences of degree in the structural features of populations. I then argue that we can usefully draw a parallel distinction in the case of cultural evolution. Cultural group selection, which involves competition between stable, well-defined ‘tribes’, has received a great deal of attention in recent years, despite its reliance on questionable assumptions. Cultural kin selection, which relies on kinship relations in more loosely structured social networks, has been largely neglected. I argue that cultural kin selection deserves much more theoretical and empirical attention than it has so far received.

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Seminar: Paul Erickson, October 7th, 2015, HPPE-LSE (London, United-Kingdom)

On October 7th, Paul Erickson (Wesleyan University) is invited in the seminar Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Economics (HPPE) organised at the London School of Economics (from 1:00 pm, in Tower 2, room 2.03). The title of his presentation will be “The Uses of Theory and the Study of Human Behavior”.

Abstract: This paper reflects on the uses of game theory and related theories of rational choice in the social and behavioral sciences during the later 20th century.  These theories have been extensively critiqued – even by some of their most prominent practitioners – for their perceived descriptive, predictive, or normative failings, and this suggests we should look elsewhere to understand their widespread embrace in the years following World War II.  To date, many histories have pointed to the postwar context (the growth of military funding for the social sciences, or the great ideological debates between communism and capitalist democracy) to explain this phenomenon, but have been less specific in explaining the precise nature of these theories’ appeal to practicing social scientists.  By contrast, this paper examines the way the theory served an essential function in structuring a brand of cross-disciplinary research into human behavior that flourished, for a variety of reasons, in the postwar era.

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Seminar: Christian Lazzeri, October 7th, 2015, GREQAM (Aix-en-Provence, France)

On October 7th, Christian Lazzeri (Université Paris Ouest – Nanterre-La défense) is invited in the Economic philosophy seminar organised by GREQAM (from 4.30 to 6.30 pm, meetings room, Campus Ferry, Aix-en-Provence). The title of his presenation will be “Justice et reconnaissance“.

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Seminar: Wade Hands & J.D. Trout, October 5th, 2015, TINT (Helsinki, Finland)

On October 5th, the topic of the next session of the Agora for Interdisciplinary Debate organised by TINT‘s research seminar will be “Economics, Psychology, and the Good Life” (from 4.00 to 6.00 pm, U40, 2nd floor, room 6). Discutants will be Wade Hands (University of Puget Sound) and J.D. Trout (Loyola University Chicago).

 

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Master programme: Bayreuth Philosophy and Economics MA programme

Departments of Philosophy and of Economics of Bayreuth University (Germany) have launched in 2014 a MA programme: “Philosophy & Economics”.

The Bayreuth MA Programme in Philosophy & Economics is organised and taught by both the departments of philosophy and economics. It is a unique two-year course of studies offering a rigorous and demanding graduate level education in core areas of economics and core areas of philosophy especially relevant to economics. The Programme is taught entirely in English.

The programme is targeted at students with an interest in obtaining an advanced analytical and quantitative training as a foundation for pursuing research-based careers in academia, public service, and business. In designing the degree we had in mind economists and philosophers as well as those with political scientists or those with a background in business or management studies who are intent on sharpening their abilities in normative reflection, on deepening of their knowledge of subjects they have pursued during their Bachelor’s studies, and on broadening and enhancing their methodological skills in key areas relevant to both disciplines.

More about this programme:
http://www.pe.uni-bayreuth.de/pool/downloads_studiengang/pe_ma_brochure.pdf

If you are interested in applying this program do not hesitate to visit the MA programme page and this How to apply? page (with a usefull FAQ).

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Blogs: Bargaining Game & Erik Angner’s Blog

Although the interactions between philosophy and economics give rise to many academic works, researchers somtimes take on their personal time to tackle some topics in a freer way in the form of blog posts. And it is precisely this informal tone which makes all the originality and the interest of these non academic contributions.

Two blogs seem especially deserving to be known and visited:

Bargaining Game

Bargaining Game is a recent blog dedicated to economic philosophy. The author of this blog,  Cyril Hédoin is full professor of economics in the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne. He “has been for 7 years the main author on a similar blog called “Rationalité Limitée“, exclusively written in French. [He] intends to write essentially about the same topics. The posts should also be similar in their form and their objective: [he] uses the blog essentially as a way to formalize and test ideas, and secondary to communicate on his research (publications, working papers, conferences [he] intends to) as well as on the research by others on topics on which he has some interest ” (text copied-pasted from the presentation page of Bargaining Game).

Erik Angner’s Blog

Simply entitled “Blog”, Erik Angner’s Blog is a also a recent blog dedicated to economic philosophy. Erik Angner is “associate professor of Philosophy, Economics, and Public Policy at George Mason University, [he] thinks of himself as a moral philosopher in the old-fashioned sense of the word. Trained first in the philosophy of science, [he] has a special interest in economic sciences and their relationship to ethics and social and political philosophy.” (text copied-pasted from Erik Angner’s site, tab “home”).

These two blogs have tackled recently the interesting topic to discuss which is the best expression for describing the scholar works at the interaction between economics and philosophy (see Erik Angner’s “In defense of ‘philosophical economics’” and Cyril Hédoin’s “‘Philosophy of Economics’ or ‘Philosophical Economics’“).

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Job position: Post doctoral fellowships, TINT (Helsinki, Finland)

TINT Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences (Helsinki, Finland), now the largest centre in its field, is offering two or three new postdoc positions, beginning in January 2016 (or earlier). The positions are up to 2 years.

AREA: philosophy of economics (or neighbouring disciplines), broadly understood (inclusive of social and historical studies of economics in relation to its disciplinary neighbours).

RESEARCH AGENDA OF THE CENTRE: interdisciplinary and intertheoretic dynamics and their role in shaping the future of the social sciences, viewed mainly (but not only) from a philosophy of science point of view. Check the TINT site for more details.

POSSIBLE LINES OF RESEARCH: philosophical / historical / sociological analysis of interdisciplinary dynamics in which economics is involved, such as its (actual or missing) receptive interactions with psychology, neuroscience, sociology etc; its (actual or missing) collaborative relations with other disciplines in applied fields such as environmental research etc; and its expansionist (“imperialist”) intrusions into the domains of sociology, political science, law, etc.

POSSIBLE PROFILES OF CANDIDATES: philosopher of economics interested in any relevant aspect of economics in its interdisciplinary relations; philosopher of some other relevant discipline, such as cognitive science, biology, ecology, anthropology, or law insofar as these somehow engage with economics; (philosophically informed) expert in the social / cultural / historical studies of science interested in relevant aspects of interdisciplinarity in which economics is involved; (philosophically informed) historian of economics specializing in the history of any relevant line of development in economics and its interdisciplinary relations.

We are looking for candidates with relevant top rate competences and a strong interest in TINT themes, and who would enjoy the thriving team life of a collaborative and growing international community of scholars. If you think you have the interest and competence, please send your application to Joonas Ottman with cc to Uskali Maki.

Applications should include:
1. CV
2. Research plan of ca 2000 words, including description of how it relates to the relevant parts (especially theme 4) of the TINT agenda.
3. Sample of writing (eg published journal article)

The deadline is 16 October 2015, but earlier submissions will be appreciated.

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