Margaret Schabas

Research Interests    

My research is mainly on topics in the history and philosophy of economics. A number of these articles examine economics as it drew upon or impinged upon other disciplines, notably mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics. I have been motivated to understand, both historically and philosophically, why economics transformed into a mathematical discipline, and in what sense there are laws that govern the economy, or economic phenomena more specifically. I am currently continuing my study of Hume’s economics, as well as working on a new project that examines the overlap of biology and economics and the formation of bioeconomics.

Selected Publications
  • David Hume’s Political Economy (co-edited, Routledge, 2008)
  • The Natural Origins of Economics (Chicago, 2005)
  • Oeconomies in the Age of Newton (co-edited, Duke, 2003)
  • A World Ruled by Number (Princeton, 1990)

 

Recent and Upcoming Presentations
  • Keynote, History of Economic Thought Society of Australia, Sydney (2015)
  • Keynote, International Hume Society Annual Meetings, Portland Oregon (2014)
  • Keynote, Tricentary of Mandeville’s Fable of the Bees, Erasmus University, Rotterdam (2014)
  • Presidential Address, History of Economics Society, Montreal (2014)
  • Keynote, Bioeconomies of Reproduction Conference, ZIF (Center for Interdisciplinary Research) Bielefeld (2012)
  • Keynote, Canadian Philosophical Association Annual Meetings, Ottawa (2009)
  • Keynote, HOPOS Annual Meetings, Vancouver (2008)
  • Keynote, International Hume Society Annual Meetings, Boston (2007)

 

Currently Teaching Winter 2015

PHIL363A History and Philosophy of Economics from Ricardo to Keynes - HIST/PHIL ECON2 Sections

The development of economic thought from David Ricardo up to the present, including such figures as Malthus, Mill, Jevons, and Keynes, focusing primarily on the conceptual foundations of economics, particularly the problems of value, distribution and growth.

Winter 2015

PHIL362A History and Philosophy of Economics from Aristotle to Adam Smith - HIST/PHIL ECON Sections

The development of economic thought from Aristotle to Adam Smith, focusing primarily on the conceptual foundations of economics, particularly the problems of value, distribution, and economic growth.

Winter 2015

PHIL414A Topics in the History of Modern Philosophy - EARLY MOD PHIL Sections

Intensive study of a major philosopher or school such as Descartes, Hume, Empiricism, Rationalism, or the British utilitarians.

Winter 2015

PHIL461A Philosophy of Social Science - PHIL OF SOC SCIE Sections

Topics in the philosophy of science of special concern to the social and behavioural sciences; hypotheses and explanation; principles, theories, models; the formation of scientific concepts; the function of mathematics in social science.

Winter 2015

PHIL514A Early Modern Philosophy - ERLY MODERN PHIL Sections