Wednesday, 3 April 2013

What philosophers (and everyone else) can learn from economics. And vice versa


Here’s the note about this week’s meeting from our friends at the Auckland University Economics Group:

Hi All,
    This week, we discuss the greatest lesson economics has to teach everyone else—yet one that few economists even know.
    In addition, we will look at what everyone else has to teach economists—if only economists were able to listen.
    We’ll examine:

  • one of the great and fundamentally benevolent conclusions of economic thinking, and the great economist who promoted it; and
  • the “axiomatic concepts” that most economists take for granted, but without which the discipline can’t even get off the ground.

So join us as we talk about the very ideas on which economics is grounded--and the great idea, the conclusion of economic thinking, that economics has to teach others.

        Date: Thursday, 4th April
        Time: 6-7pm
        Location: Room 215, Level Two, Business School

    As per usual, all are welcome to attend.
    Look forward to seeing you there!


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  1. Axiomatic concepts do not exist, since a thing is not its name and truth cannot be experienced with words. Therefore economics cannot "get off the ground". I've heard that making money out of what doesn't exist is the recommended way to get rich.

  2. Since bald assertions appear to be the name of the game, let just say 'yes they do,' 'that's not necessary,' and 'not if you use them as you do.'


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