A world without want: post-scarcity philosophy

Course Dates: 19/05/18
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: John Goff

If there is no limit to economic growth, we should be able to overcome material scarcity in the not too distant future. But what will it be like to live in a world without scarcity?

Description

What is the course about?

An ongoing idea, especially since the rise of industrial civilization, is that a time will come when we will have overcome material needs, and have entered a time of plenty without the need to work for the necessities of life. This ‘return to Eden’ may not, however, simply be wishful thinking but a feasible state of affairs. But how well will we cope in such a ‘post-scarcity’ society? Are there fundamental philosophical and political objections to a post-scarcity society? How might different post-scarcity societies be envisioned?

What will we cover?

What is ‘post-scarcity’ economics? Some ideas, visions, variations, and approaches.
What is the nature of work?
Is there a ‘full’ freedom that can only arise beyond material scarcity?
What would we do, or not do, in a world without want?

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Explain, simply, some approaches to post-scarcity economics.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No prior knowledge is assumed.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will run in a seminar format with short slide presentation including Q&A and group discussion. No outside work is required.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

The course will run in a seminar format with short slide presentation including Q&A and group discussion. No outside work is required.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?



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Course Code: HP032

Sat, day, 19 May - 19 May '18

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £49.00
Senior fee: £39.00
Concession: £25.00
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