Cyril Hédoin, full professor of Economics

I am full professor of Economics at the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne. This is my academic webpage where you can find information on my research and teachings. I have also a weblog called "Bargaining Game" where I regularly publish posts on various topics related to social sciences (especially economics) and philosophy of science.
 
Research topics, current projects and interests

My academic work broadly belongs to the so-called field of "philosophy of economics". I have a general interest in understanding how knowledge is produced in economics by investigating the nature and implications of the methods, theories and assumptions used by economists. This general interest is in particular applied to institutional economics, game theory, choice theory and normative economics. Crucially, I see economics both as a subject to study and as a set of tools, concepts and theories to be used in the philosophical inquiry.

I am currently working on a book project tentatively called Persons, Values and Consent: From Social Choice to Social Philosophy. This project reflects my view that economics can be both seen as a set of tools and models to be used to deal with philosophical issues and an object that can benefit from the import of a philosophical perspective. With this book, my aim is to develop a new perspective on the social nature of morality on the basis of an extended social choice framework. The extension of the standard - at least within economics - social choice approach  follows from the introduction of a set of key concepts coming from philosophy: persons, values and consent. I intend to show that though as a formal apparatus social choice is not committed to any specific view about the nature of the 'agents' whose preferences or judgments are aggregated, there is a strong case for introducing a thick concept of persons within a social choice framework. This introduction follows from the claim that, at least when dealing with moral matters, a person should not be merely identified as a coherent set of preferences over social alternatives but rather as an enduring entity whose intentional attitudes (desires, wants, beliefs) and behavior are grounded on values. Values play a twofold role. From the personal point of view, values are constitutive of each person's personal conception of the good and determine what matters; from the moral point of view, values ground each person's attitudes about what they take to be requirements for making collective moral choice. Making collective moral choices depends on a (set of) underlying collective choice rule(s) which imposes on everyone outcomes that may not conform with each person's conception of the good. Thus, choosing a collective choice rule is making a claim of legitimate authority over each member of the population. I contend that such a claim is both empirically problematic and normatively unjustified unless each person rationally consent to the endorsement of collective choice rules. Such consent cannot be obtained unless the collective choice rule has properties (corresponding to a set of axioms in a social choice perspective) that are responsive to the persons' values when they take the moral point of view. Interestingly, these values may not be the same that those that are constitutive of their personal conception of the good. What are those values is the key philosophical issue that I will tackle. I then plan to show how this social choice perspective can be integrated within a broad social philosophy account emphasizing that morality is ultimately reducible to a set of conventional rules that have evolved to foster coordination and cooperation in the society.

 
 
 
More information can be found on my publications list and in the work in progress section. My complete CV can be downloaded here.



-My book L'institutionnalisme historique et le rapport entre théorie et histoire en économie (Classiques Garnier) is available. It is a slightly modified version of the first two parts of my PhD thesis.

The book can be bought on the editor's website.
 

Contact info:
 
Cyril Hédoin
REGARDS research center, University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France
57bis, rue Pierre Taittinger 51096 Reims, France