“Free Market Fairness” and Self-authorship

Lynne Kiesling [NOTE: The following is an economist’s musings about philosophy, so if my philosopher friends can flesh out my argument and identify errors I’d be grateful. Also, this post is meant for you if you are interested in electricity regulation, so don’t just mark it as read because it’s philosophy ;-)! –LK] Although I … More “Free Market Fairness” and Self-authorship

Economists and Philosophers on Value

Lynne Kiesling Got two spare minutes and want to spend it enriching yourself? Then watch this great Learn Liberty video from Aeon Skoble. Aeon’s a philosopher who also reads a lot of economics, so he’s in a distinctive position to make this important point — both economists and philosophers use the word “value”, but we … More Economists and Philosophers on Value

Hayek and Dennett on the Design Fallacy

Lynne Kiesling Since we’re riffing off of Hayek today, I’ll take one of his most pithy and insightful quotes, from The Fatal Conceit: The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design. I want to use that quote to tee up a … More Hayek and Dennett on the Design Fallacy

Is Our Morality Derived from Our Biology?

Lynne Kiesling Recently I found a striking essay from Marc Hauser, an evolutionary psychologist at Harvard who works in cognitive neuroscience. In this essay at Edge, Hauser argues that our biology is the source of our moral sense. Recent discoveries suggest that all humans, young and old, male and female, conservative and liberal, living in … More Is Our Morality Derived from Our Biology?

Don’t Hire An Mba, Hire A Philosopher

Lynne Kiesling Matthew Stewart, philosopher-turned management consultant-turned philosophy writer, has an essay in the Atlantic on “management science” (subscription required) that is amusing and interesting. [full text available here] Stewart goes through the origins of scientific management, its justifiable place in the dustbin of ideas (although it certainly scared the bejeesus out of Josef Schumpeter, … More Don’t Hire An Mba, Hire A PhilosopherMore Don’t Hire An Mba, Hire A Philosopher