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'Ethics of Economics Institutions' Lecture Series

Series feature five lectures; dates are Feb. 10, Feb. 19, March 19, April 2 and April 9.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 1-23-2015

Mankato, Minn. – The Department of Philosophy at Minnesota State University, Mankato invites the general public to attend a free, semester-long lecture series that will explore the ethics of the economic institutions that structure a market society.

Lecture series events include:

Feb. 10 – “The Normative Stakes of Economic Growth – 1776 and Today”
Lisa Herzog, Stanford University Center for Ethics in Society
5-6:30 p.m., Morris Hall 103

Feb. 19 – “The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics of Personal Responsibility”
Joshua Preiss, Minnesota State Mankato
5-6:30 p.m., Morris Hall 102

March 19 – “Basic Income: From Justice to Legitimacy”
Jurgen De Wispelare, McGill University
5-6:30 p.m., Morris Hall 102

April 2 – “Exploitation, Neglect, and the Psychology of Moral Judgment: Why You’re Probably Worse than a Price-Gouger, and Why You Probably Don’t Believe It”
Matt Zwolinski, University of San Diego
7-9 p.m., Wiecking Center Auditorium

April 9 – “The Lingering Value of Modern Technology”
Benjamin Hale, University of Colorado
5-6:30 p.m., Morris Hall 102

Each lecture will consider values or principles (such as freedom, efficiency, equality, democracy and personal responsibility) used by citizens to answer fundamental societal questions on topics such as taxes; education; job training; laws governing financial transactions; public and private provisions for those unable to support themselves and their families; and duties that individuals, businesses and government agencies have to secure a safe and healthy environment for future generations.

Discussions on each lecture topic sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning at Minnesota State Mankato will be held approximately one week prior to each lecture. The complete discussion schedule is available at

For more information, contact Joshua Preiss, associate professor in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Philosophy, by phone at 507-389-5518 or by email at

The Department of Philosophy is part of the College of Arts and Humanities at Minnesota State Mankato.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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