BOOK: Ethics and Economics. New Perspectives. Edited by Mark White and Irene van Staveren. London: Routledge, 2010,
Since the days of Adam Smith, ethics and economics have been closely intertwined. Indeed, They were nominally separated only with the advent of neoclassical economics. This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the cutting edge of interdisciplinary research between ethics and economics. A wide range of philosophical perspectives is offered, drawing from the classic writings of Adam Smith, Immanuel Kant, and the ancient Stoics, to that of current scholars such as Amartya Sen. The scope of the book involves broad methodological issues in economics, besides topics regarding theory and modeling, and discussions of the proper role of markets and of policy matters.
As the editors highlight, all the chapters make ethical presuppositions and sources clear in order to provide a more solid foundation for their ethical-economic analysis. The book features eleven essays by leading scholars in economics and philosophy who argue for a renewal of the bond between the two disciplines:
- “The ‘Dismal Science’ – Still?,” from Mark Lutz.
- “Communitarianism and the Market: A Paradox”, from Irene van Staveren
- “Not by P Alone: A Virtuous Economy,” form Deirdre McCloskey.
- “Virtue and Behavior” from Jennifer Anne Baker.
- “Freedom, Values and Sen: Towards a Morally Enriched Classical Economic Theory,” from Vivian Walsh.
- “Pareto, Consent, and Respect for Dignity: A Kantian Perspective” from Mark D. White.
- “Identity and Individual Economic Agents: A Narrative Approach,” form John B. Davis.
- “Adam Smith on Instincts, Affection, and Informal Learning: Proximate Mechanisms in Multilevel Selection.” from Jonathan Wight.
- “Two Views of Corruption and Democracy” from Mozaffar Qizilbash.
- “From ‘Hume’s Law’ to Problem- and Policy-Analysis for Human Development,” from Des Gasper.
- “The ‘Efficiency’ of Equity” from Stephan Klasen.
The book is certainly an important resource for scholars in both fields. It has been published as a combination of special issues organized by Review of Political Economy and Review of Social Economy.
van Staveren, and Mark White, ‘Introduction’, in Mark White and Irene van Staveren (ed) Ethics and Economics. New Perspectives. London: Routledge, 2010, pp. 1-5.