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Loyola business professor speaks at Paris Institute of Political Studies conference

March 23, 2012

Loyola University New Orleans Legendre-Soulé Distinguished Chair in Business Ethics Nicholas Capaldi, Ph.D., will deliver a paper at a conference at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris, in Paris, France, on Friday, April 6. Capaldi’s address will discuss the dichotomy of philosopher and economist John Stuart Mills’ views on socialism and how these ideas are being played out in modern economies across the world today.

“There is an ongoing tension between people who want the free market to address our problems and those who think that government should address them,” Capaldi said. “This is an issue in both our American society and in western Europe right now – it’s an issue in our upcoming election and has been prevalent throughout the economic crisis currently facing Europe. Mills was a brilliant mind who understood both sides of the argument and often gave credence to each side. But my paper will address that, in the end, Mills comes down on the side of liberty instead of the side of forced equality. This tension between equality and liberty needs to be addressed now because it’s not going away anytime soon.”

The Parisian conference has attracted an international speaking lineup from some of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world. The Institut d'études politiques de Paris, commonly known as Sciences Po, was established in 1872 and has traditionally educated France's political and diplomatic elite.

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