John Broome (Oxford/ANU): Lessons from Economics

Abstract: Some areas of philosophical value theory could benefit from an infusion of methods from economics. I shall talk about two examples. One is the theory of the value of equality, which is often understood as a debate between egalitarianism and prioritarianism. The other is population ethics. These are quantitative topics involving numbers of people. So they call for some of the quantitative, mathematical analysis that economists are good at. Indeed economists have written extensively on these very topics, and have made discoveries that philosophers ignore at their peril.

Date & time

Thu 21 Mar 2019, 3:30pm to 5:30pm


Coombs Ext Rm 1.04


John Broome (Oxford)

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School of Philosophy


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