Weltethos Institut
Academics Teaching Winter Term 2012/2013 Vorlesung mit Kolloquium: Paradigms of Economic Ethics

Vorlesung mit Kolloquium: Paradigms of Economic Ethics

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Dozent Prof. Dr. Claus Dierksmeier
SWS 3 (Vorlesung) + 1 (Kolloquium)
Sprache Englisch
Tag Mittwoch
Zeit 14–17 Uhr
Rhythmus wöchentlich
Ort Weltethos-Institut, Hintere Grabenstraße 26, Bushaltestelle „Stadtgraben”
Inhalt Economics has always been inspired by moral and political philosophy. Throughout its long history (from Plato up to date), economic thought has, for instance, been oriented at differing intellectual paradigms (biological, historical, mathematical, mechanical, etc.). Operating as lenses for the inspection of reality, these paradigms offered diverse (theoretical) pictures of the business world, which in turn facilitated divergent (practical) applications of economic thought. Such contrasts of perspective played out particularly in regard to the supposed freedom of economic actors (individuals, associations, firms, civic organizations, governments) to take on social, moral, and ecological responsibility within and through business activities. Namely, the varying paradigms provided economic theory with contrasting normative criteria of what to consider or pursue as economic success.

Only in the 19th and 20th century, scholars promoted and (to some degree) accomplished an isolation of economics from its ethical and cultural foundations, mostly in the name of scientific rigor. Yet, as manifold social, ethical, and ecological problems indicate today, said intellectual program of a “value-free” economics is not wholly unproblematic. In the lecture, we examine the historical genesis and systematic roots (materialism, positivism, utilitarian-ism) of the contemporary paradigm and contrast it with alternate models. Our focus will be on how differing theoretical descriptions of economic reality lead to diverging practical prescriptions of economic practice. Illustrating how method impacts content, the lecture aims to promote a conscious and critically self-reflective choice of economic methods with a view to re-embedding ethical, social, and ecological perspectives into economics.
Ablauf der Veranstaltung (pdf)
Literatur There is no textbook required for this course but the following is a list of rec-ommended readings:
• Bonar, J. 1992. Philosophy and political economy. New Brunswick, N.J., U.S.A.: Transaction Publishers.
• Brodbeck, K.-H. 1998. Die fragwürdigen Grundlagen der Ökonomie : eine philosophische Kritik der modernen Wirtschaftswissenschaften. Darmstadt: Wiss. Buchges.
• Brodbeck, K.-H. 2009. Die Herrschaft des Geldes. Geschichte und Systematik, Darmstadt: Wiss. Buchges.
• Galbraith, J. K. 1958. The affluent society. New York, N.Y.: New American Library.
• Galbraith, J. K. 1975. Money, whence it came, where it went. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
• Hausman, D. M. 1992. Essays on philosophy and economic methodology. Cambridge England ; New York: Cambridge University Press.
• Heilbroner, R. L. 1999. The worldly philosophers : the lives, times, and ideas of the great economic thinkers. New York: Simon & Schuster.
• Murray, P. 1997. Reflections on commercial life : an anthology of classic texts from Plato to the present. New York: Routledge.
• Nell-Breuning, O. v., 2002. Grundzüge der Börsenmoral. Münster: Lit.
• Schumpeter, J. A. 1954. History of economic analysis. New York,: Oxford University Press.
Zielgruppe Bachelor, Masterstudierende, Diplom- und Magisterstudierende
Anmeldung Per E-Mail – mit Angabe von: Name, Matrikelnummer, Studienfach,Semesterzahl und Adresse im Weltethos-Institut (Frau Madeleine Joo Weber):
Leistungsnachweis There will be two multiple choice exams during the semester, each counting 50% of the final grade.
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