Introduction to Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PHIL 384)

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Instructor: Jonathan Anomaly and Geoffrey Brennan. The course meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30 – 5:50 p.m. in Gardner 008.

This interdisciplinary gateway course provides an introduction to the conceptual tools and quantitative techniques used to analyze problems at the intersection of philosophy, politics, and economics. Topics covered include instrumental and economic rationality, utility theory, game theory, the relationship between economic efficiency and justice, the moral justification of markets, and the use of economic models to understand the behavior of voters and policymakers.

Permission of the department required; one course in economics strongly recommended.

This course is cross-listed with POLI 384 and ECON 384, and is taught at Duke for the second half of the semester.

Geoff Brennan’s webpage

Jonathan Anomaly’s webpage