PRIVATE On Feb 23, the Center for the Philosophy of Freedom will host Margaret Schabas, Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia. The title of her talk is "Mill, Coleridge, And The Dismal Science Of Economics"
Thursday, Feb 23, 2:00-3:15pm (please note this is not the usual time), in the Kendrick Room at the Freedom Center, Marshall 280 (right above Paradise Bakery). Feel free to bring lunch.
For further information, please visit the Arizona Freedom Center at http://freedomcenter.arizona.edu/colloquium
"Mill, Coleridge And The Dismal Science Of Economics"
In 1834, Mill wrote in a private letter, “On the whole, there is more food for thought—and the best kind of thought—in Coleridge than in all other contemporary writers.” Mill would later publish an entire essay on Coleridge, pairing it with his earlier piece on Bentham where he also took the liberty of contrasting the two thinkers. What is perhaps less well known, however, is that Coleridge wrote numerous essays and diatribes, some of which were published or circulated at the time, on political economy over a span of some forty years. Mill and Coleridge make for odd bedfellows; one was secular and the other deeply religious, one was liberal and the other deeply conservative. I argue that, despite their divergent predilections, there is reason to believe that Coleridge left a significant imprint on Mill’s political economy.