Using Kantian Ethics to Improve Economics

Filosofisk seminar and the Norwegian Kant Society invites you to the lecture "Using Kantian Ethics to Improve Economics" by professor Mark D. White.

In this talk, Professor White will explain how he incorporates the structure of Immanuel Kant’s moral philosophy into economic models of choice. First, he will show how Kant’s perfect and imperfect duties fit surprisingly well into the standard economic model of constrained preference-satisfaction. Next, he will tackle moral fallibility, or contingent rationality, which requires more effort because the deterministic nature of economic models does not leave room to explain how agents can act against their best judgment. Finally, White will discuss judgment itself, explaining why it is necessary to understand economic choice, and how it can offer a way for economics to contribute to moral deliberation.

Mark D. White is chair of the Department of Philosophy at the College of Staten Island/CUNY, where he teaches courses in philosophy, economics, and law. He has also authored a number of journal articles, book chapters, and books in these fields, including Kantian Ethics and Economics: Autonomy, Dignity, and Character (Stanford University Press).

For more information, see his webpage.

Published Apr. 21, 2016 5:22 PM - Last modified Apr. 21, 2016 5:22 PM