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Save the date: Deirdre McCloskey at IMCA


We will start this semester’s IMCA seminar series with a particular highlight. Deirdre McCloskey, Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication of the University of Illinois at Chicago and Professor of Economic History at Gothenburg University, will come to Lugano to give a talk about Ethics, Bourgeois Virtues and Economics. 

Monday, 19. March, 16.30 – 18.00, room A 22.

“Deirdre McCloskey is a well-known economist, with a reputation for originality or, depending on how you like to see it, being a maverick renegade. She is a neoclassical Chicago economic historian by training. But she has been asking about the rhetorical underpinnings of economics for some time. […]

She argues that capitalism, far from being immoral as much of the left think, or amoral as many libertarians believe, is in fact

fully compatible with human and ethical flourishing. And its record on actually encouraging flourishing is much better than the alternatives.”
(from Big Sky Ideas)

Book: Economics, Politics and Ethics in the Practical Philosophy of Antiquity


Peter Seele has edited a new book that gives an account of the economics of antiquity and looks into their relationship to politics and ethics as topics of practical ancient philosophy. It examines the relevance of practical ancient philosophy for contemporary issues such as state revenue, entrepreneurship and conceptions of humanity.

The book is available in German from the publisher’s website both as eBook and in the usual hard copy form.

Lugano Sustainability Forum (11.11.2011)

On November 11th USI will host the joint-event of the Lugano Sustainability Forum and the annual Meeting of EBEN-Switzerland, the Swiss chapter of the European Business Ethics Network.

The panel discussion addresses “CSR and sustainability as drivers in finance and investment?” and brings together practitioners from the BSI, Credit Swiss, Social Business Earth and the World Bank.
A second panel addresses the standardization of CSR and business ethics with regard to the newly published ISO 26.000 on Social Responsibility. Furthermore a company presentation workshop opens perspectives in the professional field of CSR and sustainability. Finally a PhD Workshop brings together PhD students from Switzerland to discuss projects in the field and to connect different research institutions in the emerging field of business ethics.

See the detailed schedule of the event.