Theology & Philosophy

Existentialism and Free Markets


This Socratic conference used excerpts from the existentialist tradition and most of Irwin's new book, The Free Market Existentialist, to examine the concepts of individualism and autonomy in existentialist thought, and whether they more properly entail a free market political economy or a Marxist one.


Conference Readings

Engels, Frederick. “Marx-Engels Correspondence 1893.” Marxists Internet Archive. (September 28, 2016).

Hayek, F. A. The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek, Volume I: The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism. Edited by W. W. Bartley III. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1988.

Irwin, William. The Free Market Existentialist: Capitalism without Consumerism. Indianapolis: Wiley, 2015.

Marx, Karl. “Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts.” Marxists Internet Archive. (September 28, 2016).

Marx, Karl. “The German Ideology.” Marxists Internet Archive. (September 28, 2016).

Sartre, Jean-Paul. Being and Nothingness. Translated by Hazel Barnes. New York: Washington Square Press, 1993.

Sartre, Jean-Paul. Existentialism Is a Humanism. Edited by Walter Kaufman. Translated by Philip Mairet. Oklahoma City: Meridian Publishing Company, 1989.

Sartre, Jean-Paul. “Introduction to Critique of Dialectical Reason.” Marxists Internet Archive. (September 28, 2016).