What is the role of finance in society? Is finance necessary to build the good society? What are the risks of finance? Why do we have so many financial crises? What is the importance of morality and philanthropy in finance? What are financial markets?
Note: In February 2014, Robert Shiller will be presenting his course Financial Markets on the Coursera Platform. I prefer archived, at-your-own-pace courses and will only dabble a little in the Coursera edition of the course. But if you are interested in the material and want to go into it in more depth and if your schedule and mental state enjoy the excitement and community of deadline-driven courses, it will be a great experience, I'm sure.
Note: I am tentatively planning to run a series of discussions on the 2011 ECON 252 course with Shiller's book as an important supplement. I watched the 2008 edition of the course in[masked] and identified Shiller and his course as exquisite. I am looking forward to going into the subject in more depth, taking notes, and leading discussions on each of the fundamental topics which the course addresses. This is one of a handfull of free on-line courses with which everyone ought to be familiar: it is of profound importance to our everyday lives and the future of civilization! I look forward to engaging it with the Greater Philadelphia Thinking Society.
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