• Why Aquinas Would Agree That Human Economic Behaviour Is Largely Predictable
    with Richard Conrad
    In Peter Róna & László Zsolnai (eds.), Agency and Causal Explanation in Economics, Springer Verlag. pp. 93-113. 2020.
    Many people, from retailers and advertisers to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, work on the assumption that human economic behaviour is to a fair degree predictable, at least statistically. This paper asks how far the thirteenth-century Thomas Aquinas would agree that human behaviour is predictable, both the behaviour of individuals and the behaviour of groups, and on what grounds. In doing so it also asks how any elements of predictability would square with Aquinas’ conviction that human beings…Read more