Philosophical Seminar: Prof. Kenneth Stikkers 'The Relevance of Aristotle for 21st-Century Economics'

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:00
Hall D, Arts Building

The talk will open with the speaker's personal story of how the CEO of a major American corporation first convinced him to take up the study of Aristotle as important for the understanding of economics and business.  Aristotle teaches us the importance of clearly distinguishing means from ends and hence of never treating money-making (chrematistike) as an end in itself or confusing it with economics.  The paper then compares and contrasts Aristotle and Adam Smith on the use and abuse of money and concludes that Aristotle's analysis of economy is still highly relevant today.


Kenneth Stikkers earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from DePaul University in Chicago, and he is presently Professor of Philosophy and Africana Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  His areas of philosophical interest and publication include contemporary continental philosophy (especially Max Scheler and Michel Foucault), American philosophy (especially Puritanism, William James, and African American philosophy), and the philosophy of the social sciences (especially economics).  He is the author and editor of the English translation of Scheler's Problems of a Sociology of Knowledge, author of Utopian Visions Past, Present, and Future:  Rethinking the Ethical Foundations of Economy, the forthcoming Economics as Moral Philosophy, and over 60 published articles in the above areas, and editor of Philosophy in a Time of Economic Crisis.  He is also Professor of Economics and Sociology at the Autonomous University of Sinaloa, in Mexico, was recently Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warsaw, in Poland, and next semester will be Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Ca’ Foscari University, in Venice, Italy.  He recently served as President of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy.