Friday 16 September 2011

Course: History of Economic Thought

Everyone seems to be talking about the economy these days. But do they always make sense? Politicians, pundits, and business leaders, sound like they have lost the map. In a new course I will be teaching at the Mary Ward Centre this term  we will question the great thinkers of the past, from Aristotle to the Enlightenment, from the Bible and Islam to the modern economic theories of Liberalism, Socialism, and Keynesianism, and we will try to shed some light on perennial problems: What is money? Is charging interest moral? When is a price fair, and are price controls always detrimental? How much social inequality is tolerable? On these and other burning questions let’s find out what philosophers have to teach us. After all, it concerns us all, as workers, consumers, savers and citizens.



  1. Highly recommended! Well worth attending for anybody who is curious about how society develops based on trade and how money works in a society.

  2. I couldn't agree more with the above. I attended the course last year and enjoyed every moment of each lesson. The lecturer's erudition astonished me but not in the way that would make the course boring. On the contrary, the lecturer has extraordinary talent of converting some dull economic theories into fascinating stories, which stimulate discussions and provoke debates among students. The class was never short of lively interactions between the teacher and the students. I would recommend to anyone who has a curious mind about the social economic development of the world.