Special issue (not numbered) for the 25-year Anniversary of the Review

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The Review of Economic Philosophy was created in 2000 by Alain Leroux (its first Chief-Editor) together with a few colleagues from the Departments of Economics (where Leroux was a Professor) and Philosophy/Ethics (such as Pierre Livet, then a Professor at “Université de Provence”.1 This creation was an event in the field with major consequences all along 25 years of uninterrupted publication for twenty-five years soon. Celebrating that achievement2 provides the chance to rejoice and offer a special issue 20th anniversary, while pushing the present Editorial Board to reflect about the field, its structure, the nature of its changing perspectives, its emergence as seen in retrospect and its legitimate purpose for the future.

Undeniably, the creation of the Review was an answer to a need strongly felt in the profession. In the English-speaking Academia, this had been recognized a few years earlier with the emergence of both journals Economics and Philosophy and the Journal of Economic Methodology (English-only journals while the French-born Review accepted texts in both languages from its start, thus actually being a French-based international bilingual journal from 2000 on, thus taking as a model the format of some Canadian academic reviews).

The need that was felt is not easily characterized, however. Indeed, it is just as well a matter of debate how “economic philosophy” (more often called “philosophy of economics” in the English-speaking world) should be defined, and even simply labelled: working towards a precious definition was devoutly to be wished and actively worked on from the start within the Review as well in side-publications (Leroux and Marciano 1998, Leroux and Livet 2005-2009, as well as later on Campagnolo and Jean-Sébastien Gharbi 2017, 2019, among others). In the Review of Economic Philosophy, various papers took that topic as their main goal, but all papers anyhow did so when dealing each in the manner of its author(s) with all the specific issues discussed along twenty-five years (we are looking at more than 300 papers).

The present “Twenty-five-year Anniversary Special Issue” (not numbered) will provide a Preface by founders and an Introduction by present co-Chief Editors, with a selection of a symbolical number of 25 papers selected across the full range of years of publication, themes and currents of thought in the Review, nationality and genre of the contributors.

The present selection (see below) has no other meaning else than to be as illustrative as possible and displaying (of course only) some of present-day major issues in the field. Plenty of other choices could have been possible and representativeness be no less, since so many texts have been published by the successive Editorial Boards of the Review that it is for the symbol (and since a number had to be fixed) that 20 was decided for this “Anniversary issue”. They illustrate the evolution of the Review since its beginnings and in any case display the success-story of a Review that comforted its position within a competitive environment, for its readers, for its contributors, for its editors. Nowadays it can safely be said that the words “economic philosophy” can be used as commonly as “moral philosophy” and “political philosophy” in the field of “practical philosophy”, on the one hand, and just as mathematics, sociology or e anthropology, are represented within a range of methodological inputs in a variety of subfields in economics.

Last, let us greet our deepest thanks to the authors who kindly accepted this re-edition of their former articles, with some of them having slightly modified their texts, as is then indicated. The essays gathered here bear the indication of those changes when they were wished and made by the authors. Notice that, whereas the texts from the most recent years are accessible on the CAIRN portal, together with precise information (table of contents of all existing issues, and Instructions to authors) on the proper sites of the Review3, texts from the first decade of the Review in the years 2000 are sometimes impossible to retrieve anywhere else than in this collected volume. The Editorial Office wishes each and every reader a rich and enlightening reading experience with the papers listed below (Internet full-text publication as well as the paper issue are forthcoming at the time of writing this announcement).

Table of contents

Author(s)TitleOriginal Pub.
Alain Leroux & Pierre LivetPréface
Gilles Campagnolo & Emmanuel PicavetIntroduction
Jean-Pierre DupuySur la logique du détourN°1, 20004
John Rawls & Philippe van ParijsThree Letters on The Law of Peoples and the European UnionN°7
Serge-Christophe KolmQuelques souvenirs de John RawlsN°7
Catherine AudardRawls a-t-il une conception de la citoyenneté ?N°7
Véronique Munoz-DardéLe partage des raisonsN°7
Amartya SenSocial IdentityN°9
Maurice LagueuxPeut-on séparer science et idéologie en économique ?N°11
Francesco GualaTalking about structures: the ‘transcendental’ argumentN°12, 2005
Wade HandsIndividual Psychology, rational Choice and DemandN°13, 2006
Marc-Antoine DilhacDiscriminations systématiques et égalité des opportunités8/1, 2007
Deirdre McCloskeyThrift as a Virtue, historically criticized8/2, 2007
Marc FleurbaeyWorkplace Democracy as a Public Good9/1, 2008
Mikael CozicEconomie « sans esprit » et données cognitives2012/1
Nicolas BrissetDeux approches de l’influence du discours économique sur les phénomènes sociaux2012/2
Catherine LarrèreJustice et environnement : regards croisés entre la philosophie et l’économie2015/1
Daniel HausmanPhilosophy of Economics: A Retrospective Reflection2017/2
Virgile ChassagnonPouvoir et entreprise : une analyse méthodologique et conceptuelle2018/2
Jean Mercier-YthierEnvironnement et développement : esquisse de perspectives d’action communicative2018/2
Yûichi ShionoyaL’économie, d’une rive à l’autre
(avec présentation de l’auteur, p. ex. Obituary de Bertram Schefold)
Claude GamelFondements libéraux du revenu de base. Une argumentation combinant philosophie et économie2018/2


  1. A. Leroux was a Professor at the Université de la Méditerranée. Like P. Livet, he was active in Aix-en-Provence, in Southern France. Both put together a team including economists (Claude Gamel, Alan Kirman, Jean Magnan de Bornier, Rosette Nicolaï, Magali Orillard et Gilbert Tosi) from the start of GREQAM research-unit (Group for Research in Quantitative Economics at Aix-Marseille) that existed before present day AMSE (Aix-Marseille School of Economics) and, later on, André Lapied (a specialist in decision theory) and Philippe Grill (the author of an Inquiry into Liberties and Equality, Paris, Éditions Matériologiques, in French who came from a former research-unit CRIDESOPE as soon as 1992, as an economist) as well as philosophers from the Gilles Gaston-Granger Center (then known as CEPERC, the Center for Comparative Epistemology and Ergology): Yves Schwartz, Jean Mathiot, Pierre Livet, then Gilles Campagnolo. Although born within a research-unit, the Review is independent from it and based on a French-law Association. ↩︎
  2. The Chief-Editors of the Review were, by chronological order Leroux, then Leroux and Alain Marciano, then Marciano and Emmanuel Picavet, until present-day Picavet and Gilles Campagnolo. Present-day Board includes, besides the latter, co-Editors Thierry Martin, Alicia-Dorothy Mornington and Christel Vivel (who is also in charge of Book-Reviews). The Editorial Office is located at Aix-Marseilles, while part of fabrication is done in Lyons: the Review owes much to the persons in charge of those offices for the hard work it represents. Members of the Scientific Committee include at present: Marcel Boumans; Luc Bovens; Ian Carter; Nancy Cartwright; Renato di Ruzza; Marx Fleurbaey; Claude Gamel; Caroline Guibet Lafaye; Wade Hands; Kevin D. Hoover; Serge-Christophe Kolm; Catherine Larrère; Jean-François Laslier; Pierre Livet; Véronique Munoz-Dardé; Grégory Ponthière; Bertil Tungodden; Philippe van Parijs; Bernard Walliser. Homage is paid here to deceased colleagues Pierre Garrouste (In Memoriam by Geoffrey M. Hodgson, n° 17/2, 2016) and Philippe Mongin (In Memoriam by Gilles Campagnolo and Emmanuel Picavet, n°21/2, 2020). ↩︎
  3. Besides the present site, you may consult the site in French www.revue-philosophie-economique.com as well as the site of the publishing house, the reference Librairie philosophique J. Vrin (Sorbonne square, Paris). Online the CAIRN and CAIRN International portals provide access to readers through subscriptions for institutions and « pay-per-view » for individuals. Biometrics show that subscriptions tend to predominate in French-speaking institutions and individual buyings in English language, which derives from the institutions Librarians’ choice. If you wish to read the articles through your institution, please suggest subscribing to CAIRN. ↩︎
  4. 1st article. ↩︎