Professor Deirdre McCloskey will lead this graduate seminar, "Humanomics, a Better Plan for the Social Sciences", on March 14th from 12:30-2pm in the Larkin Building, Room 200. A light lunch will be provided.
Professor McCloskey will discuss how economics, in the opinion of economists, is the queen of the social sciences. Econowannabes in other fields seem to agree. But Samuelsonian economics, the study of a charming sociopath named Max U, leaves out what can be learned from the humanities. The humanistic step of categorization lies behind any scientific program, because science is about human questions. Humanomics keeps mathematics and quantification, but adds literature, theology, philosophy, rhetoric and ethics to make a full social science.
Deirdre N. McCloskey has been since 2000 UIC Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Trained at Harvard as an economist, she has written fifteen books and edited seven more, and has published some three hundred and sixty articles on economic theory, economic history, philosophy, rhetoric, feminism, ethics, and law. She taught for twelve years in Economics at the University of Chicago.
Admission is free by registration.
This event is possible because of the generous support of Paul Cadario, SPPG Advisory Board member and Senior Fellow at U of T, as well as the generous support of the Departments of Economics and Political Science at U of T.