Readings in Philosophy and Economics

The courses in the research master in Philosophy and Economics cover a developing and complex interdisciplinary field. The below reading list will give prospective applicants an idea of the kind of literature we expect as well as a degree of familiarity before the programme starts.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to familiarise themselves with some items on this list in order to demonstrate a nuanced understanding of the connections between their research and study interests and the research master in their motivation letter.

Philosophy of Economics

The following books and articles are general introductions to philosophy of economics:

Preparatory Reading

These books in the different subfields of philosophy of economics form a part of the preparatory reading for the research master programme:

  • Guala, F. (2005). The methodology of experimental economics. Cambridge University Press.
  • Vromen, J. J. (2003). Economic evolution: an inquiry into the foundations of the new institutional economics. Routledge.
  • Resnik, M. D. (1987). Choices: an introduction to decision theory. U of Minnesota Press.
  • Satz, D. (2010). Why some things should not be for sale: the moral limits of markets. Oxford University Press.

Introductions to Philosophy

  • Ladyman, J. (2002). Understanding philosophy of science. Routledge.
  • Glymour, C. (1997). Thinking things through: an introduction to philosophical issues and achievements. MIT University Press.
  • Griffin, J. (1996). Value judgement: improving our ethical beliefs. Clarendon Press.
  • LePore, E. (2000). Meaning and argument (2003 edition). Basil Blackwell.

Introductions to Economics

  • Samuelson, P. & Nordhaus, W. (1985). Economics (2010 edition). McGraw Hill.
  • Hargreaves, H., et al (1992). The theory of choice: a critical guide. Basil Blackwell.
  • Yonay, Y. P. (1998). The struggle over the soul of economics. Princeton University Press.
  • Schelling, T. (1978). Micromotives and macrobehavior. Norton.

Writing, Methods and Formal Methods

  • Martinich, A. P. (2005). Philosophical writing: an introduction. Blackwells
  • Steinhart, E. (2009). More precisely: the math you need to do philosophy. Broadview Press.
  • Papineau, D. (2012). Philosophical devices: proofs, probabilities, possibilities, and sets. Oxford University Press.
  • Hacking, I. (2001). An introduction to probability and inductive logic. Cambridge University Press.

Bedtime reading

  • Thaler, R. H. & Sunstein, C. R. (2008). Nudge: improving decisions about health, wealth, and happiness. Penguin Books Ltd.
  • Levitt, S. B. & Dubner, S. J. (2005). Freakonomics: a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything. HarperCollins Publishers.
  • Heilbroner, R L. (1953). The worldly philosophers: the lives, times and ideas of the great economic thinkers. Touchstone.