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2020 Spring

Professor Eric SchliesserEric Schliesser

January 6-29, 2020

In-class collaboration

Bio: Dr. E.S. Schliesser (1971) is a professor of Political Science, with a focus on Political Theory, at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

Eric Schliesser's (PhD, The University of Chicago, 2002) research encompasses a variety of themes, ranging from economic statistics in classical Babylon, the history of the natural sciences and forgotten 18th-century feminists (both male and female) to political theory and the history of political theory and the assumptions used in mathematical economics. Schliesser's interest in the influence of Chicago school of economics has increasingly moved his research toward the study of the methodology and political role of economists as experts.

He was previously affiliated with Syracuse University, Leiden University, and Ghent University among others. Schliesser has published prolifically on Newton, Huygens, Spinoza, Berkeley, Hume, Adam Smith and Sophie De Grouchy. His publications include his monograph, Adam Smith: Systematic Philosopher and Public Thinker (OUP, 2017). He has edited numerous volumes including (inter alia) Newton and Empiricism (OUP, with Zvi Biener, 2014); Sympathy, a History of a Concept (OUP, 2015); Ten Neglected Classics of Philosophy (Oxford, 2017). Right now he is working on a translation and critical edition of Sophie de Grouchy's Letters on Sympathy (together with Sandrine Berges). He keeps a daily blog Digressionsnimpressions.


Professor Agnes CallardAgnes Callard

February 10-21, 2020

Bio: Agnes Callard is Associate Professor and director of Undergraduate studies in the department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago. She received her MA in Classics and her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley. Her primary areas of specialization are Ancient Philosophy and Ethics. Her book, Aspiration: the agency of becoming (OUP, 2018), argues for the existence of a practically rational process by which agents endeavor to learn to value new things. She is currently at work on a book about Socratic Refutation.


Workshop on Kinship and Social/Economic Behavior

March 7, 2020

The study of kinship has traditionally been the domain of anthropology, but there is growing interest in the topic among other social scientists. Bringing together speakers from economics and anthropology, our workshop aims to explore how kinship practices influence (and are influenced by) our social world with an interdisciplinary approach. We will bring together world-renowned scholars working at the cutting edge of kinship research. The intended audience of the workshop consists of faculty and students with interdisciplinary interests. The workshop provides a unique opportunity to explore how historical events and cultural and religious practices have interacted to create widely varying kin-based institutions across societies; and how kin-based institutions in turn impacted contemporary political and economic outcomes around the world. For more information, please contact the event organizer Professor Erik Kimbrough, ekimbrou@chapman.edu.