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Politics and Philosophy, La Trobe University
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History of modern political thought, political philosophy, history of household economics, family economics, moral philosophy.
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Miriam Bankovsky is a Senior Lecturer and Australian Research Council DECRA fellow, in Politics at La Trobe University (Twitter: @MiriamBankovsky and She recently received the Australasian Association of Philosophy’s “Annette Baier Prize” for her article on “Excusing Economic Envy.”

With a French-Australian Cotutelle PhD in philosophy, Miriam’s work initially focused on analytic and continental conceptions of justice in a broadly Kantian tradition. Now an Australian Research Council DECRA fellow, Miriam’s current project extends her plural philosophical approach into the history of economics, focusing on the role of ethical values in orthodox household economics and family economics.

Her current work is a manuscript provisionally entitled The Family, Ethics and Economics: An Unorthodox History. For much of the history of Western political thought (from Aristotle, through medieval Christianity, and into the Enlightenment and Romantic periods), the family has been conceptualised as the origin of the State and the motor of a progress that was both ethical and economic. From the late nineteenth century onwards, orthodox economists began to explicitly distinguish their science from ethical and philosophical reflection, reducing familial behaviour to a function of an individual’s rational choice over a set of preferences. However, the research shows that the ethical agnosticism of the orthodox New Household Economics cannot be sustained, for ethical judgments comprise its unacknowledged backdrop, revealing much about how how modern liberal democracies implicitly conceptualise the family-state and family-economy nexus.

Prior to this work, Miriam published Perfecting Justice in Rawls, Habermas and Honneth: A Deconstructive Perspective (Hardback Continuum 2012, Paperback Bloomsbury 2013), and, with Dr Alice Le Goff (University of Paris V), she co-edited Recognition Theory and Contemporary French Moral and Political Philosophy: Re-opening the Dialogue (Manchester UP 2012 and CNRS Editions Alpha, Paris 2012).

Recent Publications

Selected recent work:

Bankovsky, M. (2018) “Alfred Marshall’s Household Economics: The Role of the Family in Cultivating an Ethical Capitalism,” Cambridge Journal of Economics.

Bankovsky, M. (2018), “Alfred Marshall on Cooperation: Restraining the Cruel Force of Competition”, History of Political Economy.

Bankovsky, M. and John E. King (2017), “Reviving the Living Dead: Economic Policy with Ethical Values”, Journal of Australian Political Economy. Special Issue (JAPE’s 80th issue): What’s Wrong with Economics?

Bankovsky, M. (2016), “Excusing Economic Envy: On Injustice and Impotence”, Journal of Applied Philosophy. (Awarded the Australasian Association of Philosophy’s Annette Baier Prize 2017).

Bankovsky, M. (2014), “The failure of New Welfare Economics to insulate itself from ethics: on the need for standards permitting interpersonal comparison”. Society for Heterodox Economists Conference – Refereed Proceedings, 1-14.

Media Coverage
I have experience with both pre-recorded and live radio (the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National shows, including Philosopher’s Zone and The Minefield). I am willing to do television. The topics need to be within my expertise. Note: I
Country Focus
History of ideas, so no particular country focus
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century, Early Modern, Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Economic History, Family, Women