ELIZABETH ANDERSON is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The author of “Value in Ethics and Economics” (1993) and “The Imperative of Integration” (2010), she has written extensively on pragmatism, democratic theory, affirmative action and racial integration, antidiscrimination law, the ethical limitations of the market, social epistemology and the interaction of facts and values in the social sciences. She is currently working on a history of egalitarianism from the Levellers to the present, with a special focus on abolitionist movements. She is President of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and winner of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. She is also the founder and first Director of the Philosophy, Politics and Economics program at University of Michigan.
TYLER COWEN is Holbert L. Harris Professor of Economics at George Mason University and also Director of the Mercatus Center. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1987. His book “The Great Stagnation: How America Ate the Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Better” was a New York Times best-seller. An Economist poll recently named him one of the most influential economists of the last decade and last year Bloomberg BusinessWeek dubbed him "America's Hottest Economist." Foreign Policy magazine named him as one of its "Top 100 Global Thinkers" of 2011. His latest book “Average is over: Powering America out of the Great Stagnation focused on the implications of growing inequality”. He also co-writes a blog for Marginal Revolution and he has recently initiated an on-line economics education project, MRUniversity.com. Cowen is published widely in philosophy journals, including Ethics and Philosophy and Public Affairs.
NIKO KOLODNY is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his B.A. from Williams College in 1994, M.A. from Oxford in 1996, and Ph.D. from Berkeley in 2003. Before joining the faculty at Berkeley, he was Assistant Professor at Harvard. He teaches moral and political philosophy, and has written papers on love, rationality and democracy, among other subjects. He recently edited Death and the Afterlife (Oxford: 2013), based on Samuel Scheffler’s Tanner Lectures at Berkeley.
Respondents: Commentators: ; Niko Kolodny, Professor of Philosophy, UC, Berkeley and Tyler Cowen, Professor of Economics, George Mason University