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Bridging the Gap between Economists and Philosophers

Nov 17–21, 2015 Download .ics

Cape Town, South Africa | University of Cape Town

YSI Philosophy of Economics workshop with Till Grüne-Yanoff, Uskali Mäki, Harold Kincaid and Julian Reiss as well as young scholar sessions at the International Network for Economic Method (INEM) conference in Cape Town, South Africa

Although of fundamental importance to the study of economic phenomena, methodological and philosophical considerations are often neglected by practising economists. In YSI we recognise the value that philosophical analysis has for the economics discipline and therefore actively work towards bridging the extant gap with the philosophy of economics.

In order to contribute to bridging this gap, the YSI Philosophy of Economics working group has organised a one-day workshop preceding the International Network for Economic Method (INEM) conference in Cape Town, South Africa, on November 18th 2015 on how philosophers can best help advance new economic thinking.

The workshop will feature presentations by Till Grüne-Yanoff (Associate Professor, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm), Uskali Mäki (Professor, University of Helsinki; Director of TINT), Harold Kincaid (Professor, University of Cape Town: Director of the Research Unit in Behavioural Economics and Neuroeconomics) and Julian Reiss (Professor, Durham University, Chair of INEM).


11.30 - 12.00 Welcome and Registration
12.00 - 12.30 Introductions by Melissa Vergara Fernández and Thomas Vass
12:30 - 13.15 Lunch Break
13.15 - 14.30 Idealisation in economic models and how to justify them” by Till Grüne-Yanoff
14.30 - 14.45 Break
14.45 - 16.00 Philosophy of Economics: It’s tasks, pasts, and futures” by Uskali Mäki
16.00 - 16.15 Tea break
16.15 - 17:30 Finding Concrete Issues in Economics in Scientific Realism Debates” by Harold Kincaid
17.30 - 17.45 Break
17.45 - 19.00 Trust and the Myth of Objectivity in Economics” by Julian Reiss
19.00 Closing (off to dinner)

The workshop is free of charge and is open to all participants, including senior scholars, as well as South African graduate students with an interest in the philosophy of economics. YSI will host a dinner for all workshop participants. Advance registration is necessary. Please register if only if you are intending to come. Deadline for registration is November 10th.


Young Scholar sessions

During the INEM conference, YSI is holding Young Scholar sessions as a part of the conference programme, where six young scholars will present work that bridges the gap between philosophy and economics. Applications to present at the YSI sessions and to receive travel stipends are no longer accepted. Please note that the Young Scholar sessions are independent from the workshop and that it is possible to participate in the workshop without participating in the young scholar sessions.