This website was created as a companion to the Ethics and Economics course taught by Stefan Kesting at
the University of Leeds.
The course brings a much needed discussion of ethics into the study of economics at the undergraduate
The attached pdf file gives a detailed explanation of the motivations and inspiration behind the course:
Below is a summarised version of the course, showing the key reading for each topic and the associated
Key reading: Wilfred Dolfsma and Stefan Kesting (2013).Key text: Economics as a Moral
Science, in:Interdisciplinary economics, Kenneth E. Bouldings Engagement in the Sciences.
London and New York: Routledge, pp.113-125.
(1) Mark A. Lutz & Kenneth Lux (1988), Chapter 6, 'Beyond Rational Man, The Reasonable
Person', in: Humanistic Economics, The New Challenge, pp. 104-127(2) Amitai Etzioni (1990), Chapter 1,'The New Paradigm, Underlying Themes', in: The Moral Dimension, Toward a New Economics, The Free
Press. pp. 1-19
Key reading:(1)Amartya Sen (1992), Chapter 3, 'Functionings and Capabilities' and Chapter 4,
'Freedom, Agency and Well-Being' in: Inequality Re-examined, Oxford: Clarendon Press, pp. 39-72
Film: ARTE Documentaries, Examined Life Documentary, Sen Interview Clips
Week 8: Capabilities Approach & Nussbaum
(1) Martha Nussbaum (2000) Chapters IV, V, and VI in:Women and Human Development - The
Capabilities Approach, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp 71-100(2) Martha Nussbaum (2000) Introduction, Section IV. Two Women Trying to Flourish, in:Women and Human Development - The
Capabilities Approach, pp 15-24
Key reading: Hans Joas and Wolfgang Knobl (2011) Chapter 10, Habermas' Theory of Communicative
Action, in:Social Theory, Twenty Introductory Lectures, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.