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Why Amartya Sen remains the century’s great critic of capitalism | Aeon Ideas
In Sen’s work, the two critiques of capitalism cooperate. We move from moral concerns to material outcomes and back again with no sense of a threshold separating the two. Sen disentangles moral and material issues without favouring one or the other, keeping both in focus.
12 days ago by frederikmarain
Neoliberalism: From New Liberal Philosophy
to Anti-Liberal Slogan
6 weeks ago by frederikmarain
Professional Ethics 101: A Reply to Anne Krueger's Review of <em>The Oxford Handbook of Professional Economic Ethics</em> · Econ Journal Watch : Ethics, criticism, conviction, responsibility, Max Weber - DeMartinoMcCloskeyJan2018.pdf
For many years, those influenced by Max Weber have recognized his
distinction between “ethicists of conviction” and “ethicists of responsibility.”
The former are idealists and may advocate entirely impractical or unattainable
actions. The latter act on what is possible and recognize that second-best may
be preferable to no action. Weber called the former “windbags” in nine out
of ten cases. In the case of this volume, the authors are clearly the ethicists
of conviction, while mainstream economists are usually ethicists of
6 weeks ago by frederikmarain
The problem with “critical” studies | In Due Course
For instance, I had noticed a long time ago that the term “neoliberal” functions as the most important piece of cryptonormative vocabulary in critical studies. For those who don’t know, here’s the basic problem with “neoliberalism.” It’s a made-up thing. It’s just a word that Foucault popularized, to talk about economic ideas that he didn’t really understand. There is no group of people out there who actually describe themselves as a neoliberals. Because of this, there are no constraints on what it can refer to, and there is no one to answer any of the criticisms that are made of it. Compare that to terms like “conservative” or “libertarian.” Because there are real people who call themselves “libertarian,” if you write something that criticizes libertarianism, an actual libertarian might write back and contest what you say. With “neoliberalism,” on the other hand, you can say whatever you want, without any fear that a real-life neoliberal will write back and contest your claims – because there are none. As a result, people who use this term in their writing are basically announcing, up front, that their intended audience is the left-wing academic echo chamber.
7 weeks ago by frederikmarain

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