Economics, Business and (Public) Management

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° ASU18 EN
Tags: philosophy , society , time , finance , economics , theology , metaphysics , usury , money

The Antwerp Summer School in Philosophy and Society seeks to address philosophical issues and problems pertaining to recent developments in Western societies.

Description

Explore fundamental questions about our financial system on the nature of time, value and money. You get a stimulating engagement with key topics and thinkers at the intersection of philosophy, economics, ethics and theology.

Target group: Master students in philosophy, economics or theology but open to advanced Bachelor, Master and PhD students in these three or closely related fields like Islamic finance, sustainable finance and others. Participants should have at least completed two full years of undergraduate education (Bachelor level).

Program

Contemporary discussions on the ethics of finance and the prospects of more sustainable banking systems surface on regular occasions, not just at the edge of the financial system but also at its core. It is not just a Western concern as the rapid rise of Islamic banking proves. In its origin, many of these concerns with finance have a religious background, but today what might have seemed like unnecessary religious fetters in the secular world of finance have become general concerns because of the ongoing financial, economic and environmental crises.

This summer school returns to the historical roots of the criticism of the financial system and looks at the usury debate from the contemporary perspective of banking and economic decision making on long term horizons. What can the contemporary debate learn from the moral and theological frameworks that were employed in the usury debate? The summer school offers an interdisciplinary program aimed at untangling the moral, economical, metaphysical and theological dimensions of that debate. Many of these arguments come back in the contemporary Islamic discussion on usury and play a strong part in discussions about things as diverse as nuclear energy, climate change and our relation to future generations.

Remarks

6 ECTS credits are awarded upon successful completion of the programme.

Students need to attend the scheduled course contact hours, perform satisfactorily in the continuous assessment task of the course (including presenting the research outline for your individual paper and a following debate class) and complete the final assessment task (an individual research paper due four weeks after the end of the summer school) in order to qualify for a certificate of completion.

Participants who attend the scheduled course contact hours but don't complete the tasks will receive a certificate of attendance.

To include the credits in the curriculum at the home institution, participants need an agreement with the responsible person at the home institution.

Course number:
ASU18
Type:
Short- en long-term programmes
Area of interest:
Economics, Business and (Public) Management, Law, Social Sciences, Philosophy and Ethics
Language:
EN
Academic year:
2021 - 2022 copy
Starting date:
04.07.2022
Lecturers:
Keynote Speakers: To be announced

Academic Coördinator: Michaël Bauwens
Contact person:
michael.bauwens@uantwerpen.be
Location

Stadscampus, University of Antwerp, Belgium

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