WJU's Institute for the Study of Capitalism and Morality to host speaker

  WJU News
  Monday, October 29, 2018 10:20 AM
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Wheeling, WV

Wheeling Jesuit University’s Institute for the Study of Capitalism and Morality (ISCM) will sponsor a speaker, Professor Aeon Skoble, on Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Hawk Auditorium in Acker. Professor Skoble will be speaking on Commerce, Pluralism, and Freedom.

Aeon J. Skoble is a Professor of Philosophy and co-coordinator of the Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Bridgewater State University. He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Temple University. Professor Skoble is the author of Deleting the State: An Argument about Government (Open Court, 2008), the editor of Reading Rasmussen and Den Uyl: Critical Essays on Norms of Liberty (Lexington Books, 2008), and co-editor of Political Philosophy: Essential Selections (Prentice-Hall, 1999) and Reality, Reason, and Rights (Lexington Books, 2011).

In addition, he has frequently lectured and written for the Institute for Humane Studies, Cato, and the Foundation for Economic Education, and he is a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute. His main research includes theories of rights, the nature and justification of authority, and virtue ethics. In addition, he writes widely on the intersection of philosophy and popular culture, among other things co-editing the best-selling The Simpsons and Philosophy (Open Court, 2000) and three other books on film and television.

In a time when many people are concerned about inequality and corporate power, it is especially important to be sure there is an intellectually coherent _moral_ defense of "capitalism," or, more precisely, of the institutions of free market liberalism. Professor Skoble's talk explores this defense by making the case for the indivisibility of “political freedom” and “economic freedom,” and he suggests a neo-Aristotelian pluralist understanding of commerce.

Founded in 2006 as a result of a gift from the BB&T Charitable Foundation, Wheeling Jesuit’s ISCM is dedicated to an examination of capitalism and a free society. It supports the growth and development of teaching and research while establishing a forum for differing opinions to promote an appreciation of the concept, operation and effects of a Capitalistic system by engaging students and the community in activities designed to stimulate discussion of these important topics. 

For more information, please visit, wju.edu/academics/bus/iscm or call 304-243-2087.

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