In Defense of a Modest Scientism

Not surprisingly, Steven Pinker's new book, Enlightenment Now , has already generated significant controversy.  Since I haven't read the book yet, I won't comment on the book itself. Suffice it to say, it does seem that Pinker's critics (see for example here and here ) are raising some valid points in arguing that Pinker has oversimplified … Continue reading In Defense of a Modest Scientism

Initial Reflections on today’s exchange.

I had a great discussion/exchange of views today with my friend and colleague in the English and Humanities Department, Mich Niyawalo, on The Economic Consequences of the Peace. I can say quite honestly that I learned a bit from Mich's presentation and our conversation afterwards. Professor Niyawalo will be providing me with a written text … Continue reading Initial Reflections on today’s exchange.

Reading The Economic Consequences of the Peace: Keynes as Political Economist or Albert Einstein in the Patent Office.

  Chip Poirot, Professor of Economics, Shawnee State University. Outline of remarks intended for presentation at Shawnee State University’s “Faculty Festival of Achievement”, February 19, 2018. Students or others who are unfamiliar with some of the events, people and ideas may wish to explore these in more detail. I have bolded terms that may be … Continue reading Reading The Economic Consequences of the Peace: Keynes as Political Economist or Albert Einstein in the Patent Office.

Chapter 3 of the Economic Consequences: Wilson vs. Clemenceau.

In Chapter 3 of the Economic Consequences of the Peace Keynes sets forth his analysis of why President Woodrow Wilson failed to gain acceptance of his Fourteen Points. Put simply, perhaps even a bit simplistically, Keynes' explanation is that Wilson was simply not prepared, given his overall temperament, to confront the more polished, persistent, and … Continue reading Chapter 3 of the Economic Consequences: Wilson vs. Clemenceau.

Post-Modernism’s cul de sac.

The original title of this post "Should Post Modernism Die?"  created misunderstanding and has now been changed to better reflect the point I was trying to make. Critiques of "Post Modernism" are not limited to the right or popular culture. For example, see Chomsky's Critique of Focault or the  response of multiple Pragmatists such as Hilary … Continue reading Post-Modernism’s cul de sac.

Announcing: The Economic Consequences of the Peace. An Exchange.

A colleague of mine and I in the English and Humanities Department at my University (Shawnee State University) will be working on a project on John Maynard Keynes' "The Economic Consequences of the Peace." We are starting with an exchange during an event sponsored annually at my University called "Faculty Festival of Achievement". I will … Continue reading Announcing: The Economic Consequences of the Peace. An Exchange.

Does economics need axiomatic foundaions?

In my previous posts on secular stagnation I noted the common threads between the New Classical effort to build macroeconomics on the foundations of neo-Walrasian general equilibrium theory and the ways in which mainstream Keynesians have found themselves in a decades long cul de sac of ad hoc reasoning. While I agree with the arguments … Continue reading Does economics need axiomatic foundaions?