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Mark Hoipkemier - PPE/Political Economy

Social Science
Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture - Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Supervising Faculty Member: 
Mark Hoipkemier
Research Focus: 

What would it mean for the economy to truly promote human flourishing? My research project on "The Political Economy of Common Goods" contributes to a philosophically rigorous account of the humane economy. In particular, I ask how the Aristotelian idea of the common good (of communities that flourish or fail in their own right) can or should be a standard for describing and assessing market economies. Is the common good a competitor or a cooperator with the ideal of the free market? Using resources from political theory, economics, and law, I contend that the the common good helps us to understand not only liberal politics, but also key economic institutions such as markets and corporations -- how they are, and how they ought to be.

Position Description: 

Students will research how markets are structured and politically justified in various non-liberal traditions. Each semester's project will probably focus on writing up one tradition of mutual interest, such as: late medieval Franciscan thought, the early modern Italian civil economy, or contemporary republican defenses of markets. Student researchers will delve into both primary documents as well as scholarly commentary, and combine bibliography, annotations, and summaries in an overall report.

Required Skills: 

Any Foreign Language reading would be helpful but is not necessary, especially Latin, German, Italian, or French.

What will you learn: 

'- Substantively: how to address questions like: what alternatives to free markets have been tried since early modern times? What kinds of ideas or institutions are given up in order to sustain free markets?
- Tactically: how to read and summarize the claims of an scholarly argument and situate it in a larger intellectual conversation
- Strategically: how to concisely express a tradition of discourse, expressing both its central shared claims and the central disputes that drive it forward

PPE/Political Economy (How the economy interacts with politics/ethics) - This position could suit students with interests in political science, economics, or moral/political philosophy.