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I'm Canadian, a dean and college professor with 2 boys, Nathan and Matthew, who keep me way too busy.
Interests: books, cycling, swimming and my gardens
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Mar 15, 2010
The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University is sponsoring an Undergraduate Ethics Symposium April 8-10, 2010. This conference is shaped around a series of workshops in which students present to one another their best work on a subject of ethical concern. I write to invite you to encourage your faculty to bring this event to the attention of their students. A Call for Essays and Creative Writing Projects is attached, and a tentative schedule for the symposium, which will be frequently updated, is available on our website: Let me say at the outset that we hope to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2009 at Economics and Ethics
The Jepson School of Leadership Studies is accepting applications for the position of the Zuzana Simoniova Visiting Scholar in Leadership and Ethics for 2010-11. This program, made possible by a generous gift from the Ukrop family, is designed to give visiting scholars the opportunity to develop courses, to design programs, or to conduct research. Visiting scholars may be new Ph.D.s or experienced scholars who hold a Ph. D. in an academic area related to the study of leadership and ethics. Scholars from newly formed democracies are encouraged to apply. Applicants should explain in a cover letter how their research, teaching... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2009 at Economics and Ethics
Sandra Peart Is there a future for the robust sort of capitalism favoured by Adam Smith or have we reached a limit to Anglo-American capitalism as the engine of human betterment? Over the last few decades scholars from many points of view have found the basis for a uniquely defensible position in Smith's work. It is therefore appropriate that the Adam Smith Review proposes a symposium devoted to the theme: "Is Anglo-American capitalism passing away?" We are particularly interested in contributions that view current economic events through a lens informed by Smith's teaching on institutions, money and economic growth. Please... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2009 at Economics and Ethics
I had something ready to remark on when I got a chance and in the meantime started reading papers today for my class, Competition, Cooperation and Choice. A statement appeared in a paper by a very good student: "From the economic point of view [doing x] does not make any sense but still people do it all the time." My strong sense is that if people do x (at least if many people do x or if one person repeatedly does x) doing x makes sense. So economists may wish to think about how we teach our students to compartmentalize.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2009 at Economics and Ethics