Call for Papers: "Keynes and Moral Issues"

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Call for Papers
December 1, 2015
Nevada, United States
Subject Fields: 
Economic History / Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies and Theology

Proposed Session for the 41st Annual Meetings of the Association of Private Enterprise Education

April 3-5, 2016, Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

Greg Forster (Trinity International University) and Victor V. Claar (Henderson State University) will serve as coeditors of a special issue of the Journal of Markets & Morality, currently expected to publish in Spring 2017 (vol. 20, no.1).

As a significant step toward that special issue, we are seeking participants for a proposed session, “Keynes and Moral Issues,” at the 2016 meetings of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, April 3-5, at Bally’s Las Vegas. Victor V. Claar will serve as session chair.

We seek papers that consider the relationships among the writings of John Maynard Keynes, the legacy of Keynesian economics, and broader moral issues. We are particularly interested in papers that consider how Keynes’s writings and/or the Keynesian school turn against the tradition of economics as moral theory. Whether for good or ill, there is little doubt that Keynes reframed the ways in which the discipline of economics views the human person, and influenced the unfolding of an increasingly technocratic economy.

Possible lines of inquiry include—but need not be limited to—

  • The presumed purposes and goals of the human person prior to Keynes vs. the presumed goals of the human person found – explicitly or implicitly – in the writings of Keynes and his Keynesian successors.
  • The influence of Keynes upon how one generation views its obligations to the generations that follow.
  • The role of the human person in a technocratic economy—relative to other institutional arrangements.

We welcome theoretical and empirical papers, as well as persuasive essays, that advance our understanding of the ways in which Keynes influenced how economists view the economy and our purpose(s) within it. We are happy to field informal “pitches” of paper ideas, as well as answer any questions regarding paper ideas.

Please submit abstracts of approximately 600 words to Professor Claar at Abstracts must be received by November 30, 2015.

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Victor V. Claar

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