[MaFLa] invitation to a public lecture by Alex Rosenberg on`From Rational Choice to Reflexivity`- Wednesday, November 21, 5:30 p.m.

Krisztina Biber biberk at ceu.hu
Fri Nov 16 09:13:04 CET 2012

The Department of Philosophy & the Provost’s Office at CEU
cordially invite you to a public lecture by
Duke University
 From Rational Choice to Reflexivity: Learning from Sen, Keynes, Hayek,
and Soros
at 17:30 on Wednesday, November 21, 2012
CEU-Auditorium, 1051 Bp., Nádor u. 9.
This lecture identifies the major failings of mainstream economics and
the rational choice theory it relies upon. These failures were
identified by the four figures mentioned in the title: economics treats
agents as rational fools; by the time the long run equilibrium arrives,
we are all dead; the social, political and economic institutions that
meet most urgent human needs most effectively could not have been the
result of rational choice, but their "spontaneous order" needs to be
explained; human uncertainty and reflexivity prohibit a predictively
useful rational choice approach to human affairs, and even limit its
role in institution design. The upshot is not a counsel of despair for
social science but a guide to the kind of knowledge that the guidance of
policy--public and private--really needs.
Alex Rosenberg is the R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy at Duke
University, where is also professor of biology and political science.
Rosenberg has been a visiting professor and fellow of the at the Center
for the Philosophy of Science, University of Minnesota, visiting
lecturer at Oxford University  and a visiting fellow at the Research
School of Social Science, of the Australian National University. In 1993
Rosenberg received the Lakatos Award in the philosophy of science. In
2007 he held a fellowship at the National Humanities Center. In the same
year he was also the Phi Beta Kappa-Romanell Lecturer. He is the author
of many books in the philosophy of social and biological sciences. 

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