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Magdalena Malecka

Postdoc, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, Denmark and previously University of Helsinki & IAS Princeton 

During her AIAS-COFUND Fellowship, Magdalena Malecka will be working on the project 'From the cyborg origins of modern economics to its automated future. Towards a new philosophy of economics'

Project description

The goal of the project is to initiate a new discussion in the philosophy of economics by exploring philosophical implications of the affinities between economics and the so-called cyborg sciences: early computer science, research on artificial intelligence, operations research and cybernetics. The project builds on the historical work on the post-WWII behavioural sciences that study the influence that the cyborg sciences had on the emergence and development of modern economics. If historians are right about the origins of modern economics, then the broadly accepted view of economics as a science of human behaviour is importantly challenged and should be revised. The project will also contribute to debates on automation and artificial intelligence by pointing out that via modern economics, we have already a long history of dealing with and using models of ‘non-human’ agency in market and policy-practices. Finally, it will investigate whether economics as a cyborg science is well-suited for addressing the current societal challenges (e.g. rising inequality, social and economic consequences of new-tech transformations, economic aspects of climate change and of recent pandemic).

Short bio

Before joining AIAS in 2021 I will become a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. I have published on a variety of topics in the philosophy of the social sciences, philosophy of economics, philosophy of law. Currently my research interests are shifting towards political economy and feminist philosophy of science.
I have undertaken research at i.a. Stanford University, University of Helsinki, Columbia University, Central European University, European University Institute.     

Project title:

From the cyborg origins of modern economics to its automated future. Towards a new philosophy of economics    

Area of research:

Philosophy    

Fellowship period:

1 June 2021 - 31 May 2024

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

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