PHI300.1 Philosophy, Money and the Good Life (Spring 2021)

This course promotes critical reflection on the nature and meaning of money in two domains: the personal and the societal. Philosophers since Antiquity have wondered how money relates to a life well-lived. How did money get started? Why do people fantasize about it and fear it? Can meaning and value be defined in monetary terms? Is there any such thing as a pure gift? What kinds of love can money buy? In what ways does gold differ from digital currency? Do market participant misdeeds have rational explanations? Is money finally important? We consider classic theory, personal dilemmas, and current policy in light of such questions.

Department: Philosophy

Location: Strasbourg

Semester: Spring

Credits: 3