WHO: Deirdre McCloskey
WHAT: Fall 2008 Dean’s Lecture and Concert Series, St. John’s College
TITLE: "The Bourgeois Virtues"
WHERE: Great Hall, Peterson Student Center, St. John’s College
WHEN: Friday, November 21, 8 p.m.
CONTACT: 984-6000 (St. John’s College switchboard)
DETAILS: This lecture is free of charge, open to the public, and followed by a question and answer period.
"The Bourgeois Virtues": Is business bad? Deirdre McCloskey, a well-known economist, historian, and public intellectual, says, "No." Building on Aristotle, Aquinas, and especially Adam Smith, she argues that bourgeois life has been good for the human soul as much as for the human condition.
Deirdre McCloskey is a world-famous economist, historian, philosopher, and rhetorician. She has written eleven books and edited seven others, and has written some 350 articles on economics, British and world economic history, statistical method, literary criticism, philosophy and rhetoric of science, feminism, gender crossing, ethics, and numerous other topics. She describes herself as a "quantitative, literary, free-market, progressive Episcopalian, feminist, postmodern, Midwestern woman who was once a Marxist, positivist, agnostic man."