Further Reading: Reducing the Human Experience to Economics

JB WhiteJames Boyd White is a distinguished professor of Law and English at the University of Michigan. In the spirit of Erazim Kohak, his recent talk on Law, Economics and Torture admonishes us against reducing life, democracy or law to mere economics, and to resist this trend when it is presented as inevitable.

Long ago I had the pleasure of taking many courses taught by Erazim Kohak.  He wrote poetically on the need to appreciate the phenomena of nature and life without reducing it to measurable scientific factors. His Embers and the Stars is among the richest, most eloquent, original, and challenging works of philosophy to appear in recent years. Its a gift, which is very much in the spirit of Professor White’s talk.

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