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Globally-lauded economist to present public lecture Sept. 12

September 05, 2013

${image-alt} Chancellor Rita Cheng (right) and Liberal Arts Dean Kimberly Leonard (left) present honorary doctorate to Professor McCloskey (center) at last year's SIU Carbondale graduation ceremony.

Professor Dierdre McCloskey (University of Illinois, Chicago) will present a public lecture co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy (as part of the Leys Lecture series) and the Department of Economics on Thursday, September 12, at 5 p.m. at Shryock Auditorium. Her lecture is titled "The Great Enrichment, 1800 to the Present, and What It Means for Economics and Politics."

Professor McCloskey is one of the leading economists in the world (Nobel Prize caliber) and one of the leading philosophers of economics (she describes herself as an Aristotelian). She pioneered the field of economic rhetoric with The Rhetoric of Economics and If You're So Smart, and more recently, in The Bourgeois Virtues: Ethics for an Age of Capitalism, she offers a qualified defense of capitalism on the basis of virtue, rather than utilitarian, theory.

She is also the author of Crossing, a chronicle of her transformation from Donald to Deirdre. Last year, SIU Carbondale awarded her an honorary doctorate. She is a lively and engaging speaker.

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For additional information, please contact:

Kenn Stikkers, Department of Philosophy,