||Introduction to Pluralism in Economics - From an Economics-without-Capitalism to Markets-without-Capitalism
||Lecture Series "Introduction to Pluralism in Economics" WiSe 2019/20; 03. Februar 2020
Yanis Varoufakis (author)
ZDV Universität Tübingen (producer);
Rethinking Economics (organizer);
Forum Scientiarum (organizer)
ZDV Universität Tübingen
An Introduction to Pluralism in Economics
Lecture Series in the Winter Term of 2019/20
Debates about economic theory are omnipresent. There is increasing doubt
if complex economic relationships can be modelled precisely enough through
rationality-based mathematical models. Dynamic equilibrium theory and prognoses
have often been deficient to anticipate crises and upheavals in reality.
This criticism is mostly brought forward by so called heterodox or pluralist
economists, who have gained popularity and momentum in recent years. Even in
public discourse, questions about a new economic order have become more present.
Nonetheless, the progress made in research and the debates amongst scholars
are not taught to undergraduate students of economics. It is often said
that new students firstly need to learn the basics before they can participate
in controversial discussions. Lectures presenting different schools of thought,
the history and emergence of economic thought and heterodox perspectives
are mostly postponed to graduate studies - or not taught at all.
The lectures series by Rethinking Economics Tübingen wants to change this fact
and start teaching a broad understanding of economics. What are the beginnings
of the discipline and how did it depart from other social sciences?
What can a philosophy of economics contribute to contemporary debates in the
field? How many schools of thoughts do exist and what are their theoretical
underpinnings? Are economic models the only way to do research for economists?
We want to show that studying economics can be much more than integral functions,
time series and indifference curves and furthermore give a prospect to what
economics courses can be: controversial, interdisciplinary, multi-perspective,
diversified and in tune with the latest economic developments. The lecture
series will present a broad array of perspectives that - from our point
of view - belong in any undergraduate program and aims at proving how
divers and pluralistic economics can and should be. The series starts with
remains from the previous lecture series in the summer term of 2019 dealing
with the topic of capitalism. We managed to win excellent speakers who could
not attend in the past semester. They can show with their talks about
capitalism how heterodox economics is connected to real-life processes and
even the entire economic system. We continue the lecture series by
exploring the various perspectives of economics: Starting with qualitative
research methods, to a critical analysis of what the blind spots of
economics are and ending with an outlook on the future of pluralism in
economics. Feminist economics, ecological economics, post-Keynesian economic
and others are an integral part of the lecture series.