“I would argue that the nature of modern economics has been substantially impoverished by
the distance that has grown between economics and ethics”. Amartya Sen, On Ethics and
Economics, 1987, p. 7.
It is now over 20 years since Sen’s observation that economic thought had tried to develop its
epistemological autonomy by emancipating itself from the authority of ethics. But economists
increasingly recognize that the positive dimension of economic theory does not necessarily exclude
the normative dimension and that a condition for progress in economic knowledge is
interdisciplinary research to invent new forms of complementarity between these two.
Possible approaches to the theme of “justice” might include, among others:
* Theories of justice in historical perspective
* The question of justice in economic and political currents (liberalism, socialism, ...)
* Justice, exchange, barter and money
* Distributive versus commutative justice
* The “just” and the “good” in economic thought
* Justice in welfare economics
* History of social choice theory
* The equity versus equality debate
* Normative issues of public economics
* Justice and game theory
* Justice and sustainable development
* Justice and education …
Abstracts in French or English (of no more than 300 words for a paper, or 500 words for a session)
should be submitted before 15 th March 2011 email@example.com.