This seems useful…  A plea from an undergrad: w…

This seems useful… 

A plea from an undergrad: will Berkeley ever teach an undergraduate “Economics and Philosophy” class? I can see which way this is going: I’m going to wind up running a reading course. What should be on an “Economics and Philosophy” reading list?

  • Jacques Le Goff, Your Money or Your Life: Economy and Religion in the Middle Ages.
  • Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, selections.
  • John Locke, Second Treatise of Government.
  • Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments.
  • Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
  • Jeremy Bentham, Principles of Morals and Legislation.
  • John Stuart Mill, On Liberty.
  • Hal Varian, Intermediate Microeconomics (chs. 29-35).
  • Friedrich Hayek, The Constitution of Liberty.
  • Robert Nozick, Anarchy, State, and Utopia.
  • James Buchanan and Gordon Tullock, The Calculus of Consent.
  • John Rawls, “Justice as Fairness.”
  • Kenneth Arrow, Social Choice and Individual Values.
  • Amartya Sen, Development as Freedom.
  • David Gauthier, “The Social Contract as Ideology”, Philosophy and Public Affairs.
  • Jon Elster, “The Market and the Forum: Three Varieties of Political Theory”, in Elster and Hylland, eds., Foundations of Social Choice Theory.
  • Bernard Williams, “The Idea of Equality”, Philosophy , Politics and Society 2nd Series.
  • Amartya Sen, Equality of What?.
  • Steven Shavell, Economic Analysis of Welfare Economics, Morality and the Law.
  • Tibor Scitovsky, The Joyless Economy.
  • William Baumol, Welfare Economics and the Theory of the State.


[Brad DeLong’s Semi-Daily Journal (2004)]

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