Business ethics, Economics, Environmental science

Course date

1 July - 14 July, 1997
Application deadline
15 February, 1997
Course Director(s): 

Laszlo Zsolnai

Business Ethics Center, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Herman Daly

University of Maryland, School of Public Policy, Adelphi, United States of America

Warwick Fox

Murdoch University, Australia

Michael Jacobs

London School of Economics, United Kingdom

Andras Lanyi

Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Boldizsar Nagy

Department of International Relations, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Istvan Rev

Open Society Archives, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Diana Schumacher

Schumacher Society, Godstone, United Kingdom

Zoltan Szocs

Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

The main goal of the Summer School is to provide new insights in the converging issues of economics, ecology, and ethics. The conflicting demands of economic efficiency and the preservation of natural systems generate hard ethical dilemmas. These dilemmas are especially relevant in Eastern and Central Europe where the economic and political transition present additional social and environmental problems. The Summer School is planned to be for two weeks in early July 1997. The program is consisted of short, well-focused courses taught by prominent Western and Hungarian scholars.

The list of the proposed courses is as follows: 
  1. Ecology & Economics - Herman E. Daly, University of Maryland, USA
  2. The Legacy of E.F. Schumacher - Diana Schumacher, The Schumacher Society, England
  3. Environmental Valuation and Beyond - Michael Jacobs, London School of Economics, England
  4. Models of Economic Ethics - László Zsolnai, Budapest University of Economic Sciences
  5. Theories of Environmental Ethics - Warwick Fox, Murdoch University, Australia 
  6. Environmental Problems from an Anthropological Perspective - István Rév, Central European University
  7. Ethics in Organic Agriculture - Zoltán Szõcs, Central European University
  8. Future Generations and Global Commons - Boldizsár Nagy, Eötvös Loránd University 
  9. Political Democracy and Environmentalism - András Lányi, Hungarian Academy of Sciences 
Among the participants of the Summer School working groups will be formed to discuss special issues in more depth and explore opportunities for future research projects. Planned topics for the working groups are responsibility, communitarianism, greening of business, and post-modernity. 
In addition leading Hungarian philosopher, artists, and environmental activists will be invited for evening discussions on related issues. (Mihály Vajda, Péter Nádas, Gábor Karátson, and János Vargha). 
The proposed summer school targets audience of young faculty members and/or post-graduate students in economics, environmental sciences, philosophy, sociology, law, and political science with a strong interest in ethics.