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HIST 5279 Senior Colloquium: Intellectual History of Capitalism (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

What is capitalism? The answer may seem obvious; it’s an economic system involving private property, markets, free enterprise, and the profit motive. Yet intellectuals have debated the nature and essence of capitalism for at least the last 250 years. Is it a beneficial system that produces general prosperity? A system of exploitation in which only the rich benefit? Does it produce wealth at the cost of beauty and spirituality? Can it be managed, or must it be given free rein? We will encounter answers to these and other questions from Adam Smith, Karl Marx, J.M. Keynes, Milton Friedman and others.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Devin Pendas

Prerequisites: Senior History Major Standing.

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17