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Lionel Robbins Memorial Lecture Series

Economics and the Cultivation of Virtue

Date: Monday 13th, Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th
February 2017

Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Venue: LSE Old Theatre
Speaker: Professor Jeffrey Sachs
Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSERobbins

In his 2017 Robbins Lectures, Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs will argue for a new Moral Economics built firmly on the foundations of the new moral sciences. The goal of moral economics is to promote wellbeing. A core principle is the cultivation of individual and group virtue to help guide the behavior of both individuals and groups in the global society

Lecture 1: Economics and the New Moral Sciences

During the past half century, a new moral science has emerged through the integration of research findings in several fields, including: Evolutionary Biology, Psychology, Neuroscience, Game Theory, Philosophy, Economics, Politics, and History. The findings of the new moral science require a reformulation of the aims and methods of economics. A key lesson is the need to place moral thinking and the cultivation of virtue back at the center of economic design and policy.

Lecture 2: The Hard Problem of Inter-Group Morality

The most difficult moral challenges involve the interaction across groups, whether nation states, private companies, or ethnic groups. In all such cases, there is the deep tendency towards inter-group conflict. The cultivation of group virtue to underpin inter-group peace and cooperation is an especially daunting challenge.

Lecture 3: Cultivating the Virtues of Globalization

Global society is at once deeply interconnected and deeply divided across political, religious, class, ethnic, and linguistic lines. These divides not only threaten prosperity but even human survival. The third lecture considers the virtues needed for globalization and the ways to cultivate them.

About the speaker: Jeffrey D Sachs (@JeffDSachs) is Professor of Economics at Columbia University, a leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author and syndicated columnist.

These event is free and open to all. Lecture 1 on Monday 13 February requires a ticket for entry. Details below. Lectures 2 and 3 are open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis

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