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Event: 6th International Conference “Economic Philosophy”

Event date June 29, 2023 - July 01, 2023
Submission deadline January 20, 2023
Location Lille (France)
Host(s) Sciences Po
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6th International Conference “Economic Philosophy”

Economic Philosophy in the Age of the Anthropocene


Lille (France), Thursday 29th June – Saturday 1st July 2023

Wednesday 28th June – Young scholars’ workshop


All our economic activities are transforming ecosystems and threatening the natural habitats that support all forms of life. This is what is known as the Anthropocene. Its advent corresponds with the beginnings of capitalism and with the industrial revolution, justifying for some the neologism of the “capitalocene”. The destruction of our commons – the climates, environments and species of earth – seems irreversible, threatening life on earth. Humanity becomes the subject of this event, regardless of cultural or national affiliation and we do not have the institutions to deal with this historically unparalleled challenge, nor do we know which scientific discipline is able to tackle it. The main currents in economic science all try to answer with their devices for measuring the good, its growth, its distribution, and its use. Are they equipped to measure and remedy the destruction of our common goods?

The different branches of economics are not in capacity to provide a universal measure, able to go beyond the political divisions of nation states, beyond the production, distribution, and consumption of wealth.  Humanity, understood as the economic agent of the Anthropocene, does not know how to act; it is paralyzed and as consequence we do not know what to do or how to act. Economics is in trouble and seems helpless and silent. This crisis therefore is not only an economic crisis, nor just a crisis of humanity or a crisis of meaning, it is also and above all a moral, intellectual, and scientific crisis. In other words, it is a crisis of the spirit that animated Modernity, a spirit present in contested claims of economics to provide the measuring instruments to guide individual and collective action. Economic philosophy is called upon, but can it still instruct and guide us in the face of the challenges of the Anthropocene?

Part of the economics profession continues to believe that this science has the means to respond to these challenges, that it has the tools and the method to construct and propose new indicators to guide collective choices. It calls upon the legislators of all countries in the hope that they will unite in a common program of ecological and economic transition, without calling into question the spirit of economic theory, of capitalism and of Modern Times in general. But isn’t this political economy, which sees the legislator as the privileged economic subject, exhausted? Can it include the common good in its measuring devices? Are money and the centralized banking system still relevant institutions in the face of emergency? Is the Anthropocene not a symptom indicating the loss of the economic sovereignty of states? Etc.

The question of another economy raises out of these questions. The economy has not always had the globalized capitalist form that we know today. In the past, other economies existed that did not constitute a monetary system of production and exchange under the authority of Leviathan. Hence the following questions, which constitute avenues for reflection for this conference:

–       Are we witnessing the return of a non-political economy, an ethical economy of use?

–       Is a local economy that is more concerned with the environment the answer to contemporary challenges?

–       Is it a return to primitive, domestic or community-based economic forms of the past?

–       Does the current crisis give meaning to what is happening to us: the gift of a common humanity that obliges us to serve others and our fellow human beings?

Finally, in the urgency of the present situation, reflections on types of ecological rationality, environmental injustice, the commons and the common, ecological transition and democratic deliberation, and all other philosophical and economic contributions from thinkers who have contributed to this field of research will be welcome.

The languages of the conference will be English and French.




20/01/2023 – End of the abstract submission period (600 words + 3 keywords)

13/03/2023 – Send answers to candidates for the conference

15/05/2023 – Deadline for low fees registration for permanent researchers

12/06/2023 – Deadline for uploading papers




Permanent researchers – 150 euros before the deadline, 250 euros after

PhD and post-doc students and researchers from low-income countries – 50 euros






Massimo Amato (Uni Bocconi di Milano, Italie)

Antoinette Baujard (Uni Saint-Étienne, GATE)

Mi-Yong Becker (Uni Bochum, Allemagne)

Nathalie Berta (Uni Reims, Regards)

Arnaud Berthoud (Uni Lille, CLERSE)

Ornella Boutry (Uni Lille, CLERSE)

Gilles Campagnolo (CNRS, ISJPS, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne)

Paul Cary (Uni Lille, CLERSE)

Vincent Delecroix (EPHE, Paris)

François Dermange (Uni de Genève, Suisse)

Alberto Fragio (Uni deglistudi di Milano, Italie)

Marc Frick (Leibniz Zentrum fürEuropäischeWirtschaftszentrum, Allemagne)

Doris Fuchs (WWU Münster, Allemagne)

Jean-Sébastien Gharbi (Uni Reims, Regards)

Axel Gosseries (UCL, Belgique)

Herrade Igersheim (Uni Strasbourg, BETA)

Feriel Kandil (Aix-Marseille Université, GREQAM)

Catherine Larrère (Uni Sorbonne)

Eva Lövbrand (Linköping Uni, Suède)

Patrick Mardellat (Sciences Po Lille, CLERSE)

Hélène Melin (Uni Lille, CLERSE)

Antoine Missemer (CNRS, Cired)

Camila Orozco Espinel (Uni Reims, Regards)

Philipp Pattberg (VrijeUniversiteit Amsterdam, Pays-Bas)

Emmanuel Picavet (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, USJPS)

Delphine Pouchain (Sciences Po Lille, CLERSE)

Birger Priddat (Uni Witten, Allemagne)

Paul Slama (Uni Namur, FNRS, Belgique)

Irene Van Staeveren (Uni Erasmus Rotterdam, Pays-Bas)

Miriam Teschl (EHESS, Aix-Marseille School of Economics)

Franck-Dominique Vivien (Uni Reims, Regards)




Timo Bijelic (Sciences Po Lille, WWU Münster)

Ornella Boutry (Uni de Lille, CLERSE)

Jean-Jacques Degiovanni (Uni de Lille, CLERSE)

Thierry Demals (Uni de Lille, CLERSE)

Renaud Fillieule (Uni de Lille, CLERSE)

Alexandra Hyard (Uni de Lille, CLERSE)

Patrick Mardellat (SPL, CLERSE)

Hélène Melin (Uni de Lille, CLERSE)

Camila Orozco Espinel (Uni de Reims, Regards)

Delphine Pouchain (SPL, CLERSE)

Laurent Steveny (ENSAM, CLERSE)

Tristan Velardo (IEP Bordeaux, CLERSE)

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