Scholarship and the Free Society, Bryn Mawr College, June 12-June 17, 2010
|Peter Boettke|I am at this Institute for Humane Studies conference for advanced graduate students in the social sciences and humanities. Roughly 140 students have been accepted to the program and will hear lectures from David Schmidtz and Gerald Gaus in philosophy, David Beito and Stephen Davies in history, Michael Munger in political science, and Mario Rizzo and myself in economics. In addition many of the students will present their own papers during seminar presentations. I will lead discussion groups on Hayek's "Individualism and Economic Order"; Jon Elster's "Rational Choice History: A Case of Excessive Ambition"; Vernon Smith's "Contructivist and Ecological Rationality in Economics"; and my own "Anarchism as a Progressive Research Program in political Economy."My lectures will be on Austrian Economics and Contemporary Economics; the Bloomington School of Institutional Analysis and the Cultivation of a Self-Governing Citizenry; and Comparative Historical Political Economy.The first lecture by Stephen Davies is about to start. I will try to blog through the week about the various talks and discussions. I am very exciting for what promises to be another great IHS experience and an opportunity to learn so much from both the lecturers and the students.