Why is Aristotle Relevant to Modern Economics?

On the afternoon of 28th October 2016 Professor Kenneth Stikkers will deliver a guest lecture for the DLCC entitled ‘Why is Aristotle Relevant to Modern Economics?’

Attendance at this event is free and open to the public. Those wishing to attend are asked to register by email to ralph@dlccoxford.org to help gauge numbers.

Time: 3:30pm-5pm, 28th October 2016

Venue: The Sutro Room, Trinity College, Oxford

Abstract: As Aristotle taught, “Economics attends more to persons than to the acquisition of inanimate things, and to human excellence  than to the excellence of property, which we call wealth” (Politics I, 13). Economies ought to serve human flourishing, and notions of “economic growth” and “well-being” must be grounded in a proper understanding of human growth and well-being. Therefore, any economic theory will only be as sound as the philosophical anthropology, that is, the understanding of human well-being, that underlies it, and an economy built upon a distorted understanding of the human can only stunt human growth.

Kenneth W. Stikkers  is a Professor of Philosophy and Africana Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Professor of Social Science at Autonomous University of Sinaloa (Mexico). His main interests are philosophy of economics, moral foundations of economics, social and political philosophy, American and African-American philosophy as well as contemporary continental philosophy (Scheler, Foucault). He is the author of: Utopian Visions Past, Present and Future: Rethinking the Ethical Foundations of Economy; Economics as Moral Philosophy, and many articles on philosophy of economics, American philosophy, and contemporary continental thought. He is also editor of Max Scheler’s Problems of a Sociology of Knowledge.