Dr. James R. Otteson, joint professor of philosophy and economics at Yeshiva College, is one of three principal professors to have constructed a curriculum for and will teach in a Tikvah-sponsored summer institute for undergraduates. Titled “Economics and the Human Good,” the program will take place in August on the campus of Columbia University.

The Tikvah-Hertog Summer Institute seeks to understand how the basic facts of economic history and philosophy illuminate historical and current questions about human social life and how these facts can guide our thinking about deep and enduring questions of material well-being, moral virtue and the human good. Among the questions under consideration will be: Do market economies produce societies that are more prosperous than others? Do the social and political costs of markets outweigh their benefits? Can democracy and personal virtue coexist with markets or do they require a powerful state to constrain markets?


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