The Moral Foundations of Economy & Society research centre takes up the challenge of re-imaging and reinvigorating the core ideals of education as the life-long cultivation of wisdom and civic virtue. Education that enables human flourishing and a healthy body politic means something more than ‘skills training’ for economic development. Educare means to cultivate, to lead forth, to draw out from within; and wisdom is derived from the vis in ‘vision’ and dom meaning judgement and authority. When we consider the challenges of recovery we realise that it is not just enterprise and innovation in economy and technology that is at issue but more fundamentally a revitalization of our political, cultural and moral institutions. Our individual and collective abilities to be innovation and creative, to adapt to change and to reinvent our society and our economy to face the challenges of recovery and the future, whether in the fields of science & technology, industry & economy, law and politics, culture and the arts welcome primarily from vision and the exercise of judgment based on good authority, inspired and guided by the light of higher values and ideals.
Our History of Teaching
From 2013-2019 for five days in May, at Blackwater Castle, Ireland, the Economy and Society Summer School brought together 50 scholars for an intensive and convivial residential course dealing with theories, concepts and methods of inquiry. Post-graduate students from across disciplines in business and the social sciences need to address both economy and society. Clearly, the economy shapes society, and economic institutions are irreducibly social. Furthermore, in an increasingly interdisciplinary academic world, sociology, anthropology, politics, geography and history on the one hand, and organisation studies, management, marketing, finance and economics on the other can indeed be mutually illuminating.
The school is currently undergoing a period of transition in these difficult times, and in 2021 the school will be entirely online for the first time.