Dr. Adrian Kuzminski

Hartwick’s Kuzminski to Host Roundtable Discussion on Why Money Matters

April 15, 2013

Dr. Adrian Kuzminski, resident scholar in Philosophy at Hartwick College and author of forthcoming book, The Ecology of Money: Debt, Growth, and Sustainability (Lexington Books), will soon chair a roundtable discussion on "Why Money Matters: How Modern Finance Created the Modern World, for Better and Worse." The event will take place in the Farrington Room of Dewar Hall on the Hartwick College campus at 5 p.m. on Wednesday May 1, 2013. The discussion is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

During the roundtable, which is sponsored by the Economics Department of Hartwick College, Kuzminski will discuss some themes from his new book, including how the financial revolution of the seventeenth century created the industrial revolution and modernity, how the modern financial system works, how the global eco-crisis is tied to the global financial crisis, and how we can reform our financial system so as to live sustainably. 

From the Introduction to The Ecology of Money: "More than two centuries of economic "growth" have given us the miracle of the modern world, with all its astounding wealth and technology. That miracle has also exhausted our planet, which now staggers under the cumulative effects of resource depletion, pollution, overpopulation, and climate change. Insofar as the limits to growth have been reached, we can no longer hope to repay our debts, as in the past, by growing our way out of the crisis... The now inter-woven ecological and financial crisis will play itself out no matter what we do. Having looked back in history to the origins of our predicament, it is useful to look ahead as well to its resolution. What the survivors will need as they adjust to a dramatic downsizing and a return to sustainable economic practices is a financial system compatible with a steady-state, non-growth economy."

Kuzminski's other works include Fixing the System: A History of Populism, Ancient & Modern (Continuum, 2008), Pyrrhonism: How the Ancient Greeks Reinvented Buddhism (Lexington, 2008), and The Soul (Peter Lang, 1994); he is also the Moderator of Sustainable Otsego, a local social network of several hundred subscribers promoting sustainable practices in Otsego County, New York and its surrounding areas.

For more information on the upcoming discussion, contact Kuzminski at 607-431-4587 or

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