Stephen Engelmann Lecture: “What Went Wrong With Economics?”

Date / Time

September 10, 2020

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


2019-2020 Faculty Fellow Lecture
Thursday, September 10 at 4 PM

Stephen Engelmann, Political Science Department  

“What Went Wrong With Economics?”

Organized by UIC Institute for the Humanities
Via ZOOM, see link below

Critics of economic rationality—of cost/benefit analysis—have agreed with its defenders that economic rationality is purely instrumental, and that it is devoid of any substantive ethics or politics. In this lecture I return to the history of political economy to rediscover its roots as a serious ethics and politics. Political economy’s place in a reforming and democratizing art of government has become compromised by a turn away from relations with others in the common and toward the interior of the self. What was once a tool of radical critique now forecloses creative political alternatives and becomes a scheme to legitimate otherwise illegitimate forms of rule.

Stephen Engelmann received his Ph.D in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University. His teaching and research focus on the history of political thought, the history of social science, and contemporary political theory. He is the author of Imagining Interest in Political Thought (Duke 2003) and Selected Writings: Jeremy Bentham (Yale 2011), and of a book manuscript, “The Biologies and the Interests: 19th and 21st Century Naturalisms in the Study of Politics.” He has published several articles and book chapters on Bentham and his contemporaries, neoliberalism, and biopolitics, and he currently chairs the International Society for Utilitarian Studies.

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