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Economics and Naturalism: Kazimierz Naturalism Workshop 2010

Kazimierz Dolny, Poland– September 11th-15th, 2010

Invited key speakers

Ken Binmore (UCL)
Erik Angner (Alabama at Birmingham)
Christophe Heintz (CEU)

Until recently, economics has stood apart from the other social sciences due to its aprioristic methodology and assumptions. This has made it problematic for the project of philosophical naturalism. The situation has undergone rapid change, however, as empirical work come to impact fundamental economic theory. Instead of stipulating that economy be a mathematical theory of rationality, theorists are focusing on explanation and prediction of economic behaviour. Central to this has been a move away from idealised models of economic agents and toward empirically-based accounts of economic cognition. The workshop will discuss these changes and their impact upon how economics can be seen to fit into a naturalist account of reality, including how recent work in economics is beginning to suggest connections between it and work within the biological sciences.

Call for Papers

300 word abstracts are invited no later than June 15th (deadline extended). Accepted speakers will have 40 minutes for their presentations, including discussion time. Preference will be given to presentations directly connected to the work done by the key speakers. Submissions are to be made using EasyChair.

Registration and accommodation

Applications will be accepted till June 30th, with late applications being accepted till July 31st. Early registration fee is 150 Euro (reduced rate – 75Euro), while late registration fee is 200 Euro. Fees are payable upon acceptance of application. They cover the workshop sessions, conference materials, lunches, coffee breaks and the minibus to and from Warsaw. Accommodation is available at the hotel at which the workshop will take place and costs an additional 100 Euro (including breakfasts). Availability of accommodation cannot be guaranteed for late registrants.

Preliminary programme

around 14:00 Minibus leaving Warsaw
around 17:00 Arrival at hotel
17:30-18:30 Dinner at hotel (for all participants)

September 12th
8:00-8:30 Breakfast (for participants staying at hotel)
8:30-10:00 Ken Binmore – How Scientific is Behavioural Economics?
10:00-10:30 Coffee
10:30-13:00 Michał Siwek – Roman Frydman and Michael Goldberg’s Criticism ofBehavioral Economics: the Exchange Rate Models
Ramzi Mabsout – Why economics is not a mathematical science?
Davide Rizza – The Limits of Methodological Naturalism in Economics
13:00-14:00 Lunch (for all participants)
14:00-15:40 Michał Tomasz Godziszewski and Mateusz Wywiał – How not tonaturalise economics: Milton Friedman’s case
Peter Boltuc – Thin Social Capital
15:40-16:10 Coffee
16:10-17:00 John Collier – How do we decide what game we are playing?

September 13th
8:00-8:30 Breakfast (for participants staying at hotel)
8:30-10:00 Christophe Heinz – We’re all choice architect
10:00-10:30 Coffee
10:30-13:00 Karolina Safarzynska – Evolution, economic valuation and policy
Mariam Thalos – Precaution is a modulator
Majid Amini – Can Economics Be Naturalised? On the Status of the SocialSciences
13:00-14:00 Lunch (for all participants)
14:00-16:00 Walking Tour of Kazimierz
18:00 Conference Dinner

September 14th
8:00-8:30 Breakfast (for participants staying at hotel)
8:30-10:00 Eric Angner – Behavioral vs. Neoclassical Economics: A Weberian analysis
10:00-10:30 Coffee
10:30-13:00 Lukasz Jonak – Cognitive capitalism, an empirical approach
Lena Adamus – Games against nature as an example of natural rationality
Christine Clavien – The many ways experimental economists use the notion ofaltruism
13:00-14:00 Lunch (for all participants)
14:00-15:40 Magdalena Malecka and Magdalena Reuter – Gerd Gigerenzer’secological rationality of heuristics and its implications for economics
Konrad Talmont-Kaminski – Expected utility is always used as a heuristic
15:40-16:10 Coffee
16:10-17:00 Karol Pogorzelski – How much can we expect from experimentaleconomics?

September 15th
8:00-8:30 Breakfast (for participants staying at hotel)
8:30-10:30 Closing discussion
11:00-12:00 Lunch (for all participants)
12:00 Leaving Kazimierz