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Responsible Economics

E.F. Schumacher and His Legacy for the 21st Century


Edited By Hendrik Opdebeeck

The centenary of E.F. Schumacher’s birth (1911-1977) offered an urgent opportunity to revisit his work and life. Against the background of the crisis at the beginning of this century, reconsidering Schumacher’s Small is Beautiful or frugality paradigm makes clear that advances in responsible economics continue to be a priority. This book contains the proceedings of the 2011 Annual Conference of the European SPES Forum on ‘Responsibility in Economics and Business: The Legacy of E.F. Schumacher’, which was organised in September 2011 by the Centre for Ethics of the University of Antwerp in collaboration with the Business Ethics Center of Budapest. The aims of this conference were to celebrate the 100th anniversary of E.F. Schumacher’s birth and to engage with Schumacher’s vision to help address the present need for responsibility in economics and business. The answers to our current economic crisis presented in this book prove that the legacy of an economist and philosopher like Schumacher are not confined to a utopian economic paradigm. Utopian economic paradigms are concerned with a better economic situation in the future. Schumacher reconsidered today, however, makes it clear that society needs responsible economics invested in the sustainability of the globe, right now.


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Ludo Abicht is emeritus professor of ethics and Middle Eastern studies at the universities of Ghent and Antwerp. He was professor of European Studies at the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton, NB, Canada), Antioch University (Ohio, US) and UC Berkeley (US). He is the author of many articles in New German Critique, Monthly Review, Athenäum, Civis Mundi, Etcetera and Mores. He has published many books, among which Paul Adler, ein Dichter aus Prag (1973). Christian Arnsperger is professor of economics at the Université catholique de Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. He is also a senior research fellow with the Belgian National Science Foundation (F.R.S.- FNRS). His research and teaching work takes place at the juncture between economics, ethics and ecology. His main current research topic is the transi- tion towards a ‘green economy’ and its implications in terms of banking and finance. He is also active in the area of monetary economics and within the paradigm of ecological economics. He is the author of numerous articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has published many books, among which most recently Money and Sustainability: The Missing Link (Triarchy Press 2012, with Bernard Lietaer, Sally Goerner and Stefan Brunnhuber); L’homme économique et le sens de la vie: Petit traité d’alter-économie (Textuel 2011); and Full-Spectrum Economics: Toward an Inclusive and Emancipatory Social Science (Routledge 2010). Luk Bouckaert is emeritus professor of ethics at the Catholic University of Leuven (K.U. Leuven, Belgium). He is a philosopher and an economist by training. His research and...

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