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Jennifer Bakers book Economics and the Virtues: Building a New Moral Foundation has been rated “Highly Recommended by CHOICE.

The literature attempting to qualify rational choice economic modeling has been steadily growing. This book contains 12 essays designed to infuse virtue-guided thinking into that methodology. The 14 authors bring well-documented insights from philosophy, economics, and other social sciences. Part 1 features the virtue ethics of Aristotle, the satisfying lifestyle of the Epicurians, and the indifferent approach of the Stoics, as well as insightful treatments of Adam Smith’s moral theory and Kant’s focus on the purpose and goals of economic life. Part 2 contains essays describing how economics separated itself from virtue considerations, but how it might see the practical wisdom of virtue ethics and economic theory as complementary pieces of resource allocation analysis. Part 3 explores real world issues suggesting that the markets for private and public goods require trust and constructive social norms to be effective. One essay claims that market activity itself can promote some of these essential items. These essays are valuable additions to the literature on virtue and its place in economics. When philosophy and economics come together like this, a careful reading will take time, but the effort will be rewarded.
–J. Halteman, Wheaton College

Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.

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Prof. Rachel McKinnon has published an article “Gender Transitions in Academe” offering advice to administrators on how to handle the gender transitions of others on campus in the journal Inside Higher Ed.

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Ned Hettinger will be presenting “Aesthetic Protectionism” at a conference on Aesthetics and Environment at University of Lausanne, Switzerland, July 12-13, 2016.

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May 1, 2016

Prof. Christian Coseru will be in Cambridge, MA at Harvard University for the Mind and Reality Workshop, as a commentator (his topic is “Does Introspective Attention Change What We Perceive?”) The event is sponsored by Harvard University and the New York Institute of Philosophy.

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May 12-14, 2016

Prof. Ned Hettinger will be in Bloomington at Indiana University for the Environmental Ethics and Aesthetics Conference presenting “Defending Aesthetic Protectionism.”

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Helen Longino, Clarence Irving Lewis Professor of Philosophy, Stanford University

Thursday, 4/14/16 at 6:30pm in Alumni Memorial Hall

Sponsored by the SC Coastal Conservation League and the Department of Philosophy

The role of background assumptions in determining the evidential relevance of observational data to hypotheses seems to put claims for scientific objectivity in jeopardy. What I call strong social epistemology argues that this so-called underdetermination problem is best addressed by bringing the social interaction within science into the orbit of epistemology. The talk will develop this argument and suggest how the epistemological norms of social epistemology can be deployed in environmental science.

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Prof. Rachel McKinnon will be giving a talk Gender, Identity, and Radfem Propaganda and participating in the session on Sandy Goldberg’s Yikkity Yak, Who Said That?

Prof. Sheridan Hough will be providing commentary for the colloquium Geneaology as Critique of Normativity.

Prof. Todd Grantham will be providing commentary for the session Cultural Evolution.

Prof. Christian Coseru will be speaking at book symposiums on Jordan Ganeri’s The Self: Naturalism, Consciousness, and the First-Person Stance” and Jay Garfield’s Engaging Buddhism: Why it Matters to Philosophy and chairing a session on Mindfulness and Buddhist Ethics.

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Prof Coseru will be giving a talk at the “Buddhist Philosophy of Consciousness: Tradition and Dialogue” Conference, to be hosted by the Philosophy Department, National Chengchi University, Taipei, entitled “Whose Consciousness, Which Cognition: Svasaṃvedana and the Problem of Self-Knowledge.”

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Prof Coseru will be giving a talk at the Brain & Consciousness Center, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, on “Reflexive Sensibility: The Bedrock of Consciousness.”


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Prof. Sheridan Hough will be presenting a paper entitled “Nietzsche, Epiphenomenalism, and the “Dangers of Consciousness” at the Academia Sinica, in Taipei, Taiwan, March 10, 2016.

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