EIPE’25 Midterm Lectures: Cartwright, Gustafsson, and Pistor

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Friday 23 Sep 2022, 14:00 - 18:00
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Erasmus Paviljoen, Theaterzaal
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EIPE celebrates 20th anniversary

On September 23rd, 2022, we continue celebrating EIPE’s 25th anniversary with a line-up of three world-leading speakers in philosophy and economics: Nancy Cartwright (Durham & San Diego), Johan Eric Gustafsson (York & Gothenburg), and Katharina Pistor (Columbia).

See below for more information on the speakers. This event is organized by Jack Vromen, Melissa Vergara Fernandez, Erica Yu, and Frederik Van De Putte, and is part of the EIPE’25 event series. This particular event is co-funded by the Erasmus Initiative Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity.


14:00 - 14:15    Introduction by Jack Vromen (co-founder and co-director of EIPE)

14:15 -

Nancy Cartwright, Rigour: Siren or Saviour?  
15:30 - 16:30  Johan Eric Gustafsson, The Ex-Ante Difference Principle Can Be Worse for Everyone Whatever Happens
16:45 - 17:45 Katharina Pistor (Columbia): The Laws of Capitalism
17:45-  …  Closing words and reception

If you want to attend, please fill out this registration form before September 15th:  https://bit.ly/3dKcyLq 


More information about the speakers

Nancy Cartwright is Professor of Philosophy at Durham University and a Distinguished Professor at the University of California, San Diego. As co-director of the Centre for Hymanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS, Durham), she currently specializes on the notion of objectivity and evidence, especially for evidence-based policy. In the first part of her career she has been based at Stanford University where she did ground-breaking work on the role of models, causal inference, and causation in the natural sciences, especially physics; and at the London School of Economics where she specialized in the philosophy and methodology of the social sciences, with special attention to economics. Cartwright has published more than ten books between the 1980s and now, ranging from her seminal How the Laws of Physics Lie (1983) to historical work on Otto Neurath and, more recently, a book on how to improve child safety.

Katharina Pistor is Edwin B. Parker Professor of Comparative Law at Columbia Law School (Columbia University). Previously she held positions at Harvard, the London School of Economics, and the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Law in Hamburg. Pistor writes, among other things, on corporate governance, money and finance and property rights. She is the author or co-author of nine books. Her most recent book, The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality (Princeton University Press), examines how assets such as land, private debt, business organizations, or knowledge are transformed into capital through contract law, property rights, collateral law, and trust, corporate, and bankruptcy law. The Code of Capital was named one of the best books of 2019 by the Financial Times and Business Insider. In addition, she served as a scientific expert for Congres on issues related to cryptocurrencies.

Johan Eric Gustafsson obtained a PhD from the Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm) and, after a postdoctoral position at PMSH (Paris), became a senior research fellow in philosophy at University of York and a Dozent in practical philosophy at University of Gothenburg and Institute for Futures Studies. His main area of specialization is the broad field of decision theory and its philosophy, including game theory, decision under various types of uncertainty, theories of justice, value theory. In addition he has written on related topics such as freedom and personal identity. His book on Money Pump Arguments (Cambridge University Press) is currently in print; he has over 40 journal articles in all the top journals in analytic philosophy.  

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EIPE is the world's leading research institute in philosophy and economics and host to a highly acclaimed graduate programme. The research topics covered at EIPE span all branches of philosophy and economics, including foundations of economic theory, rationality, economic methodology, and ethical aspects of economics, as well as related fields, such as formal ethics, philosophical logic, political philosophy, and philosophy of science.

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