2012 #UEA Philosophy PublicLecture Series:


27 September: Prof. Nassim Taleb, author of The Black Swan – “What is the opposite of a ‘fragile’ system?: Comprehending the true origins of the financial crisis” [This will be AMAZING]

11 October: Panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Judith Mehta (ECO): Prof. Shaun Hargreaves-Heap (ECO), Dr. Alex Haxeltine (ENV) & Dr. Rupert Read (PHI) bringing different disciplinary perspectives to bear on “The current state of play of the Euro-crisis”

25 October: Prof. Catherine Rowett (PHI) – “Learning from Greece: thinking about austerity and monetary union in Pythagorean and Platonic politics”

8 November: Prof. Raymond Geuss, Cambridge – “The political philosophy underlying our financial and economic system”

22 November: Prof. Shaun Hargreaves-Heap vs Prof. Bob Sugden in debate over “The rationality of ‘rational choice theory’ and of contemporary economics”

6 December: Dr. Davide Rizza (PHI) – “What money can do for you: Insights from the philosophy of money”

All lectures held in Lecture Theatre 2 at 6.30 pm.
Admission Free – Everyone Welcome.

Philosophy has always gained strength from its engagement with the world around us, and in turn may help us to understand this world in which we live. In this series of lectures, philosophers and philosophically-minded scholars from other disciplines analyse the financial and economic crisis that has overtaken western economies in the last five years. How does it relate to our political and social philosophies? What does it mean for our ideas of Europe? Can philosophy contribute to our understanding or even point out directions we could follow to help get us out of this crisis? Will the crisis be resolved by a return to ‘business as usual’ – or is a whole new philosophy of economics or indeed of life on the point of emerging?

Series organised by Rupert Read and Jerry Goodenough, PHI, UEA.

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