Fall/Winter Timetable

POL2019Y1F L0101

Moral Reason and Economic History


This course looks at what some of the ‘great’ philosophers have said about economics, and what some of the ‘great’ economists have said about moral philosophy. The course is modeled after Hegel’s approach in The Philosophy of History. The point is to ask what the interaction between moral philosophy and economics can tell us about history and our own time. Among others, the thinkers discussed include Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Calvin, Smith, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Lukacs, Hayek, Rawls, Habermas, Marshall and Keynes.


There is no textbook. Weekly readings will be listed in the course outline.

Format and Requirements

10% -- 7 brief reports (250 words) on weekly seminar issues in second term; 40% -- 1 essay (approx. 20 pages) in 2cnd term; 20% -- one seminar presentation in 2cnd term; 30% -- one book review (8-10 pages) mid-year (exact dates will be provided in the course outline).