The new issue of Econ Journal Watch is online at http://econjwatch.org
In this issue:
A symposium co-sponsored by the Acton Institute:
Does Economics Need an Infusion of Religious or Quasi-Religious Formulations?
The Prologue to the symposium suggests that mainstream economics has unduly flattened economic issues down to certain modes of thought (such as ‘Max U’); it suggests that economics needs enrichment by formulations that have religious or quasi-religious overtones.
Robin Klay helps to set the stage with her exploration “Where Do Economists of Faith Hang Out? Their Journals and Associations, plus Luminaries Among Them.”
Seventeen response essays are contributed by authors, representing a broad range of religious traditions and ideological outlooks:
From an Individual to a Person: What Economics Can Learn from Theology About Human Beings
Victor V. Claar:
Charles M. A. Clark:
Where There Is No Vision, Economists Will Perish
Ross B. Emmett:
Economics Is Not All of Life
Daniel K. Finn:
Philosophy, Not Theology, Is the Key for Economics: A Catholic Perspective
Moving from the Empirically Testable to the Merely Plausible: How Religion and Moral Philosophy Can Broaden Economics
Notes of an Atheist on Economics and Religion
M. Kabir Hassan and William J. Hippler, III:
Entrepreneurship and Islam: An Overview
On the Relationship Between Finite and Infinite Goods, Or: How to Avoid Flattening
The Starry Heavens Above and the Moral Law Within: On the Flatness of Economics
Andrew P. Morriss:
On the Usefulness of a Flat Economics to the World of Faith
What Has Jerusalem to Do with Chicago (or Cambridge)? Why Economics Needs an Infusion of Religious Formulations
Eric B. Rasmusen:
Maximization Is Fine—But Based on What Assumptions?
Rupert Read and Nassim Nicholas Taleb:
Religion, Heuristics, and Intergenerational Risk Management
Sympathy for Homo Religiosus
A. M. C. Waterman:
Can ‘Religion’ Enrich ‘Economics’?
Andrew M. Yuengert:
Sin, and the Economics of ‘Sin’