Economics and the Human Condition
Larrivee, John. Economics and the Human Condition. 2017
The entire approach is done in light of an integrated vision which begins with the most basic questions of the human condition, and connects them with the particular range of questions involved in economics. They have tried to think through that necessary philosophical foundations, how to connect that with the Mount’s Catholic mission, then how to implement courses, events, programs to engage those ideas. Our essay provides the explanation, the content, and how we seek to achieve it. The program covers three broad themes, how views of the human condition affected social theory involving economics, economic ideology, and contemporary economic theory. They use both occasions to see how anthropological views affected the disciplines, and how they affect our own analysis of and (from there) action in the world as people of faith. The section on contemporary micro theory provides a critical transition to the realm of biology and the mind, where new questions of the human condition will confront us in coming decades. It also demonstrates that this type of integration can be engaged with the discipline in intellectually rigorous ways, and that it provides a superior education to secular universities because it takes certain human capacities-free will and rationality-seriously.