PH435 Half Unit
Philosophy of Economics: Ethics and Economics
This information is for the 2023/24 session.
Dr Lukas Beck
This course is available on the MSc in Economics and Philosophy, MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy, MSc in Philosophy of Science and MSc in Philosophy of the Social Sciences. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
Students must have completed a university-level introductory course in economics, such as EC1A3 and EC1B3.
This course will investigate various normative issues lying in the intersection of philosophy and economics. It will critically examine methods used by economists for policy evaluation, such as social welfare functions and cost-benefit analysis. And it will consider ethical questions related to economic institutions, such as taxation, property, and use of markets. Questions to be addressed may include the following. What is "well-being" and to what extent can it be measured and compared between individuals? Are inequalities in the distribution of well-being necessarily undesirable or unjust? Can it ever be preferable to prevent a very large number of headaches rather than saving a single life? Should the interests of future generations be given equal weight with those of the current generation? What sorts of goods and services are appropriately exchanged in markets.
15 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the WT.
This course is delivered through a combination of seminars and lectures totalling a minimum of 30 hours across Winter Term. This course includes a reading week in Week 6 of Winter term.
Students will be expected to produce a formative essay of 2000 words, which is due in the Winter term.
- Dan Hausman, Michael MacPherson, and Debra Satz (2016), Economic Analysis, Moral Philosophy, Public Policy, 3rd edition.
- Matthew Adler (2019), Measuring Social Welfare: An Introduction.
- John Broome (2009), Ethics out of Economics.
- Amartya Sen (1999), Development as Freedom.
- Elizabeth Anderson (1995), Value in Ethics and Economics.
Essay (70%, 2000 words) in the ST.
Multiple choice quiz (30%) in the WT.
Department: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Total students 2022/23: Unavailable
Average class size 2022/23: Unavailable
Controlled access 2022/23: No
Value: Half Unit
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