About The Author
I am an undergraduate at the Western University of Canada, in a mixed degree for Economics, Politics, & Philosophy. From there I intend to get an MBA, and then work in international business.
My current academic work involves interpreting economics through the lense of critical theory. I’m continually surprised at how productive this can be if applied well enough—particularly in identifying the limitations of economics as a methodology. My primary model is the Non-Philosophy of François Laruelle, which endeavors to develop a mode of thought having the same relation to philosophy as Non-Euclidean geometry to Euclidean geometry: I frame Sraffian economics as a ‘Non-Economics’ which can be used to identify the structure of economics as a discourse. At this point I remain mired in theory, but Sraffian economics is very promising in terms of real-life application, particularly in the theory of international trade, which for methodological reasons marginalist economics is unable to theorize.
Also, what draws me to (applied) theory is mainly that its intricate concepts and methodologies can be applied to otherwise dry subject matter in order to make it ‘sexy’. In other words, injecting boring topics (e.g. accounting, real estate) with theory helps me to take an interest in them, whereas typically I would not have had the motivation to investigate them on their own. It’s like cheating at life.
I try to avoid abstraction for the sake of abstraction, and in my endeavour to be rigorous I draw very much from philosophy of science, though mostly the more historical variety (Lakatos, Feyerabend, predictivism). In endeavoring to write accessibly, it becomes evident that ‘common sense’ is a historically constructed set of beliefs (e.g. the Aristotelian theory of catharsis), many of which are inaccurate, or lead to incomplete renderings of social phenomena. Hence, I realize that much of what I write may be unclear, and much may seem like I’m talking about simple ideas in overly complicated language. My TL;DR section at the bottom of each entry is intended to make these simple ideas explicit, while my actual entries are geared toward showing the ‘math’ behind each idea. As for actual mathematics, although I’m an adequate mathematician, I’m not as comfortable with it as I am with conceptual thought (though I have the utmost respect for mathematics), hence math will be kept to a minimum here.
I’m currently learning Mandarin, French, & Russian, and intend to provide translations to and from these languages once I become sufficiently advanced in them.