- Code PHIL2116
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Philosophy
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Philosophy
- Areas of interest Philosophy, Economics, Ethics, Politics
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Brian Hedden
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2021
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The approach taken in this course is at two levels. One level involves direct conceptual analysis of the differences in disciplinary approaches. The other level involves illustrating those differences by reference to specific examples in contemporary policy/institutional analysis. Topics such as global warming (and environmental issues more generally); discounting the future; dealing with risk and uncertainty; the 'global financial crisis'; public debt; and population will be used to examine and contrast what philosophers and economists have said about the issues and attempt an intellectually respectable synthesis. In each case, the role of 'political elements' will be an important part of the story—both substantively, in terms of what the expected role of political institutions might be and what political constraints may be relevant; and conceptually, in terms of the different understanding of political process that philosophers and economists tend to have.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- demonstrate a working knowledge of key terms, concepts, and ideas in the study of PPE;
- think about and discuss puzzles in the social sciences and public policy;
- apply the skills learned on the course to new areas; and
- think, write, and argue about social issues demonstrating a well-rounded understanding of the issue.
Tutorial assignments, 5x400 words each (30%) Learning outcomes 1-4
Take-home end-of-semester examination, 2 responses of 1250 words each (60%) Learning outcomes 1-4
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 35 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 11 hours of tutorial and tutorial-like activities; and
b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading, and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Weekly reading to support the tutorials and lectures will be made available electronically via the Wattle site. Some additional reading will be helpful in stimulating thinking along inter-disciplinary lines, including:
Brams, Steven J. and Taylor. Aland D. 1996. Fair Division: From Cake-Cuttinto Dispute Resolution. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Dowding, Keith. 2009. "What is Welfare and How Can We Measure It." Pp.511-539 in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Economics, edited by H.
Kincaid and D. Ross. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Grofman, Bernard, Guillermo Owen, and Scott A. Feld. 1983. "Thirteen Theorems in Search of the Truth." Theory and Decision 15:261-278.
List, Christian and Philip Pettit. 2002. "Aggregating Sets of Judgements: AnImpossibility Result." Economics and Philosophy 18:89-110.
Nurmi, Hannu. 1999. Voting Paradoxes and How to Deal with Them. Berlin:Springer-Verlag.
Olson, Mancur. 1965/1971. The Logic of Collective Action: Public Goods and the Theory of Groups. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.
Parfit, Derek. 1984. Reasons and Persons. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Riker, William H. and Peter C. Ordeshook. 1968. "A Theory of the Calculus of Voting." American Political Science Review 62:25-43.
Brennan, Geoffrey et al. (2016) Philosophy, Politics and Economics: An Anthology;
Hausman, Dan (1992) The Inexact and Separate Science of Economics;
Reiss, Julian (2013) Philosophy of Economics: A Contemporary Introduction;
Davies, Howard (2009) The Financial Crisis: Who is to Blame?;
Ostrom, Elinor (1990) Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action;
Stern, Nicholas (2007) The Economics of Climate Change: The Stern Review;
Elster, Jon (1985) Making Sense of Marx.
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