Margaret Schabas

Professor, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, UBC

Research Interests    

My research is mainly on topics in the history and philosophy of economics. A number of these articles examine economics as it drew upon or impinged upon other disciplines, notably mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics. I have been motivated to understand, both historically and philosophically, why economics transformed into a mathematical discipline, and in what sense there are laws that govern the economy, or economic phenomena more specifically. I am currently continuing my study of Hume’s economics, as well as working on a new project that examines the overlap of biology and economics and the formation of bioeconomics.

Full profile: UBC Department of Philosophy

Winter 2016

ECON318 History and Philosophy of Economics from Aristotle to Adam Smith Sections

The development of economic thought from Aristotle to Adam Smith, focusing on the conceptual foundations of economics, particularly the problems of value, distribution, and economic growth.

Winter 2016

ECON319 History and Philosophy of Economics from Ricardo to Keynes Sections

The development of economic thought from David Ricardo up to the present including such figures as Malthus, Mill, Jevons, and Keynes, focusing on the conceptual foundations of economics, particularly the problems of value, distribution and growth.