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The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Edited By

C.M. Melenovsky

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ISBN 9780367407674
Published May 3, 2022 by Routledge
488 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This handbook advances the interdisciplinary field of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) by identifying thirty-five topics of ongoing research. Instead of focusing on historically significant texts, it features experts talking about current debates. Individually, each chapter provides a resource for new research. Together, the chapters provide a thorough introduction to contemporary work in PPE, which makes it an ideal reader for a senior-year course.

The handbook is organized into seven parts, each with its own introduction and five chapters:
I. Frameworks
II. Decision-Making
III. Social Structures
IV. Markets
V. Economic Systems
VI. Distributive Justice
VII. Democracy

The "Frameworks" part discusses common tools and perspectives in PPE, and the "Decision-making" section shows different approaches to the study of choice. From there, parts on "Social Structures," "Markets" and "Economic Systems" each use tools from the three PPE disciplines to study and distinguish parts of society. The next part explains dominant theories and challenges to the paradigm of "Distributive Justice." Finally, a part on "Democracy" offers five challenges to current democratic practice.

Table of Contents


Part I: Frameworks
Introduction to Part I

1. PPE as an Intellectual Enterprise
Geoffrey Brennan and Geoffrey Sayre-McCord

2. On Models and their Uses
James Johnson

3. Complexity
Fred DAgostino

4. PPE in Marx’s Materialist Conception of History
Vanessa Wills

5. Feminist Theory
Ann Cudd

Part II: Decision-Making
Introduction to Part II

6. Game Theory
John Thrasher

7. Four Structures of Intransitive Preferences
Luc Bovens

8. Theories of Choice Behavior
Sudeep Bhatia

9. Rule-Following
Erik Kimbrough and Bart Wilson

10. Implicit Bias and Decision-Making
Lacey Davidson

Part III: Formal and Informal Social Structures
Introduction to Part III

11. Social Norms
Ryan Muldoon

12. Institutions
C.M. Melenovsky

13. Property
Bas van der Vossen

14. Corporations in our Polity
Amy Sepinwall

15. Polycentricity
Vlad Tarko

Part IV: Markets
Introduction to Part IV

16. The Advantages of Markets
Matt Zwolinkski

17. Exploitation
Vida Panitch

18. The Meaning of Markets
Brookes Brown

19. Gender and the Division of Labor
Gina Schouten

20. Housing Markets
Kristina Meshelski

Part V: Economic Systems
Introduction to Part V

21. Capitalism
Peter Boettke

22. Socialisms
Samuel Arnold

23. Property Owning Democracy
Alan Thomas

24. Social Democracy
Jeppe Von Platz

25. Corruption
Michael Munger

Part VI: Distributive Justice
Introduction to Part VI

26. Property Rights and Justice in Holdings: A Libertarian Perspective
Erik Mack

27. High Liberalism
Samuel Freeman

28. Institutionalism, Injustice and Personal Responsibility
Kok-Chor Tan

29. Social Justice
Maeve McKeown

30. Justice across Borders
Serena Parekh

Part VII: Democracy
Introduction to Part VII

31. In Defense of Epistocracy: Enlightened Preference Voting
Jason Brennan

32. Voting Rules
Itai Sher

33. Enabling Informed and Equal Participation
Thomas Christiano

34. What, if anything, can justify limiting workers’ voice?
Liza Herzog

35. Social Trust
Karen Cook and Jacob Reidhead

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C.M. Melenovsky is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Director of the PPE program at Suffolk University, USA. His research focuses on social practices, institutions, moral conventionalism, and Rawlsian political philosophy. He is currently working on a book, Kantian Conventionalism, that reconciles the social contingency of obligations and rights with a Kantian moral framework.