In his new book, How Much is Enough?, co-authored with his son, Edward, Robert Skidelsky argues that wealth is not an end in itself but a means to the achievement and maintenance of a ‘good life’, and that our economy should be organised to reflect this fact. He provides a definition of the ‘good life’, and discusses the relevance of Happiness Studies and the environmental impact of our ever-growing need to consume. In doing so, he offers an escape from the trap of excessive specialization and a way to reinvigorate the idea of economics as a ‘moral science’. He concludes by offering a radical new model for income redistribution – and a consideration of what human beings might really want from their lives. Edward Skidelsky will also be speaking at this event.
Lord Skidelsky is Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of Warwick. His three-volume biography of the economist John Maynard Keynes received numerous prizes, including the Lionel Gelber Prize for International Relations and the Council on Foreign Relations Prize for International Relations. He writes a monthly column for Project Syndicate, ‘Against the Current’, which is syndicated in newspapers all over the world. His account of the current economic crisis, Keynes: The Return of the Master, was published in 2009. His latest book, How Much is Enough: The Economics of the Good Life is co-written with his son, Edward. Visit his website at www.skidelskyr.com.
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