On a recent talk given by Deirdre on the “Spectre of Ignorance” series at University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School a student writes (10 February 2012):
She also happens to be a Professor of Economics, English, History AND Communications at one of the country's top universities, which is evident from her quirky, inclusive style of speaking that allows her to convey complex subject matter to a lay audience in a way that is both entertaining and informative.
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View “A Profession at Sea” in its entirety at Johan Fourie’s blog, 15 February 2012.
We need, as Deirdre McCloskey eloquently argues at the end of her most recent book (Bourgeois Dignity), â€˜a more idea-oriented economicsâ€¦ For such a humanistic science of economics â€¦ the methods of the human sciences would become as scientifically relevant as the methods of mathematics and statistics now properly are. Such a widened economic science would scrutinize literary texts and simulate on computers, analyse stories and model maxima, clarify with philosophy and measure with statistics, inquire into the meaning of the sacred and lay out the accounting of the profane. The practitioners of the humanities and the social sciences would stop sneering at each other, and would start reading each other's books and sitting in each other's courses.â€
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