19 September 2012

He Said It: David Rose

I just discovered this lecture [h/t: Max Hocutt] given by economist David Rose last April to the Show-Me Institute in Missouri. The lecture is based on his excellent new book, The Moral Foundation of Economic Behavior (Oxford, 2012). (My review of the book in The Independent Review has just been published online here; I went so far as to describe it as "potentially pathbreaking.") Rose's lecture is about one hour long; if you can spare the time, it's well worth a look:


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link. How would you compare his findings to the Kant-inspired school you describe Actual Ethics?

I would also just comment on Rose's "lexical primacy of a moral prohibition over a moral exhortation" as almost identical to Karol Wojtyla's statement in 1972 that "the negative form of a normative statement (a prohibition) somehow signifies a greater deontic dynamization than does the positive form."

From that common realization, Wojtyla turns to a slightly different emphasis. Grounded in metaphysics, he proposes that the violation of a moral prohibition constitutes a greater threat to the realization of the ideal of man--ie, the actualization of the form of man--than the fulfillment of an exhortation brings him closer to it.

I suspect both authors would have found much to appreciate in each other's work.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I forgot to add. You may be interested on Rose's EconTalk broadcast if you haven't already heard it.

It is how I first learned of him and his book, and why I was so excited when I saw your post.


Come to think of it, you were on EconTalk too!

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