Eric Schliesser on the work of historiographer and historian Ibn Khaldun (1332 – 1406).
In this lecture Eric Schliesser introduces Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406), the North African social theorist, historian, and polymath. He is best known for his massive book, the Muqaddimah "Introduction," which is simultaneously a work on method and empirically based political theory, social psychology, and political economy.
Schliesser will put Khaldun's work in the context of Khaldun's exciting (even tragic) life and times. A key theme of the lecture will be the recurring revival of Ibn Khaldun's significance for those who wish to understand the rise and fall of empires/civilization. Finally, the lecture will reflect on Ibn Khaldun's curious status as the eminent forerunner of supply-side economics.
Eric Schliesser is professor of Political Science, with a focus on Political Theory. Schliesser's research encompasses a variety of themes, ranging from economic statistics in classical Babylon, the history of the natural sciences and forgotten 18th-century feminists (both male and female) to political theory and the history of political theory and the assumptions used in mathematical economics.
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