Register for a Conference Scarcity, Man and Morality. Interdisciplinary Approaches

On 16 November 2016, the Lithuanian Free Market Institute and the Lithuanian Culture Research Institute kindly invites you to a conference Scarcity, Man and Morality. Interdisciplinary Approaches that will present the results of interdisciplinary research on scarcity and its links with liberty, morality and economics.

If you have ever pondered why we constantly lack something and whether there is any common denominator behind our various experiences, you will have a unique opportunity to learn about a new interdisciplinary study that looks into what role scarcity plays in our lives and what designation and manifestations it has as well as elicits new insights into the logic behind our surrounding phenomena and reality.

How does scarcity relate to the fact that we are in body, in time and in space? How can the apprehension of scarcity help people reconcile themselves with the manifestations and marks of scarcity – temporariness, human imperfection, a lack of relationships, and limited resources? Is scarcity a curse or a catalyst of human and societal development? For the first time in scholarly research has the phenomenon of scarcity been taken out from academic peripheries to the center of analysis and analysed from an interdisciplinary perspectives, embracing disciplines which do actually name scarcity (philosophy, theology, and economics) and those where scarcity has a different label (psychology, anthropology, and sociology).

The conference will feature a distinguished scholar of Thomistic and late scholastic tradition dr Alejandro A. Chafuen (USA), philosopher dr Naglis Kardelis and economist Elena Leontjeva. It will also gather an exciting panel of discussants, including philosopher dr Albinas Plėšnys, psychologist dr Rita Rekašiūtė-Balsienė, theologian dr Kęstutis Kėvalas, anthropologist Saulius Matulevičius and economist Vytautas Žukauskas. The discussion will be moderated by dr Paulius V. Subačius.

The event will take place on 16 November 2016 at 1.00 p.m. at Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square, 14 Universiteto Street, Vilnius, Lithuania. The working language will be Lithuanian with simultaneous translation into English.


Please register here by filling an online registration form no later than 8 November, 2016.


13:00-13:10            Welcome speech

.                              Žilvinas Šilėnas, Lithuanian Free Market Institute
.                              dr Jolanta Širkaitė, Lithuanian Culture Research Institute

13:10-13:50            Scarcity: In Search of an Enigmatic Cause

.                              Elena Leontjeva, Lithuanian Free Market Institute

13:50-14:20            Scarcity in Classical Philosophy. A Fatal Hindrance or a Stimulus of Desire?

.                              dr Naglis Kardelis, Lithuanian Culture Research Institute
14:20-14:45            Coffee break

14:45-15:15            Economics and Morality from Ontological Perspectives

.                              dr Alejandro A. Chafuen, Atlas Network

15:15-16:45            Interdisciplinary Reflection on Scarcity. Approaches and Prospects

.                              Moderator: dr Paulius V. Subačius, Vilnius University
.                              Discussants:
.                              dr Albinas Plėšnys, Vilnius University
.                              dr Kęstutis Kėvalas, Vytautas Magnus University
.                              dr Rita Rekašiūtė-Balsienė, Vilnius University
.                              Saulius Matulevičius, ISM University of Management and Economics
.                              Vytautas Žukauskas, Lithuanian Free Market Institute
16:45-17:00            Closing remarks

.                              dr Paulius V. Subačius, Vilnius University