Philosophy of Economics Part I: Normative Economics

Presentation to the Melbourne Philosophy Forum, April, 2009 (I think)


A philosophy of economics approaches the subject at a meta-level, integrating the discipline with being in general (ontology), the way that we know things (epistemology), and rational procedures (logic).

Normative economics is the study of economics in a way that includes value judgments. It includes:

Most of Our Universe is Missing

Notes from the BBC Presentation for the Melbourne Philosophy Forum, Feb 1, 2009

Required Viewing: BBC Horizon, "Most of Our Universe Is Missing"

Programme Summary available at:

1.0 Dark Matter, Dark Energy and Philosophy

A Unitarian-Universalist Perspective on the Economic Crisis

Address to the Melbourne Unitarian Church, January 18, 2009

What Is This Economic Crisis?

Dying with Dignity

Service (opening words, reading, closing words). Address was given by Lyn Allison, former Senator and leader of the Australian Democrats. October 5, 2008, Melbourne Unitarian Church

Opening Words

Religious Freedom and National Self-Determination

There are many instances of religious persecution and national oppression, some of which lasted for centuries, some of which are on-going today.

Religious Freedom and Persecution

A Heretic of Clarity: The Unitarianism of Stephen Fritchman

The International Workers Day and Rev. Stephen Fritchman

Critical Issues Facing Unitarian-Universalism

Crisis? What Crisis?

Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast: Metaphysics, Theology and Philosophy

Presentation to the Melbourne Philosophy Forum, Oct 28, 2007 (I think)

"Alice laughed: "There's no use trying," she said; "one can't believe impossible things."

"I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

- Alice in Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll


Applied and Pragmatic Philosophy

Presentation to the Philosophy Forum October 14, 2007

4.1 A common, and naïve, criticism of philosophy is that it has no practical application. This is usually a claim from those who do not know what philosophy is!1

4.2 This course of study has defined philosophy as the investigation into claims that are universal in scope and rationalist (i.e., require verification). It further defined the primary concerns of modern philosophy as ontology (what exists), epistemology (how we know) and the principles of reasoning (logic).

Women in Philosophy : Philosophy of Women

Presentation to the Melbourne Philosophy Forum, September, 2007

"Who are the great women philosophers? Where are they? Is their relative absence an indication of social forces; or is it biology? Do women have different logic to men? Is logic 'a masculinist discourse'? Do women have a different epistemology - a woman's way of knowing?".

1) There were some women philosophers among the ancients; but very little information survives.


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