Bridging the great divide? Epicurus, Kant, Stiglitz & Sen on Economic Thought
Our age is one of divisiveness. Some American economists follow suit in advocating libertarian elitism focused on maximizing pleasures and Freedom of Elites, while disowning concern for the disadvantaged; and a Conflict model of teaching economic history ensues. By contrast, Joseph Stiglitz promotes a more inclusive ‘shared prosperity’ model. Similarly, another economic historian shows how Responsibility for the marginalized can emerge. But we need a neglected moral tradition, from Epicurus to Kant, Mill and Amartya Sen, which advocates that we diminish pains of the lesser advantaged, whereby emerges a richer, more inclusive political philosophy returning economic thought to its own moral roots for shared prosperity.