Keeping Promises


  • Patrick Brown Seattle University School of Law


belief and credit, finance, economic democracy


This fourth essay carries forward the search for a normative empirical economics by focusing on the challenge of finding out just what could be meant by speaking of money as promise. While the essay does not blossom out into a wholesome precision and a serious development of the meaning of promising, it should lead you to a suspicion that the self-attention required to meet that challenge is a shocking lift of culture and education. The problem of the volume is to make that leading effective by you taking over the leading.

Author Biography

Patrick Brown, Seattle University School of Law

Patrick Brown is an Affiliated Scholar with the Seattle University School of Law. He taught in the Seattle University philosophy department before joining the law faculty in 2002. He obtained a Ph.D. in philosophy at Boston College, writing his dissertation on Bernard Lonergan, and his J.D. degree at the University of Washington. Following law school, he clerked for the Chief Justice of the Washington Supreme Court and practiced law full-time for several years before beginning his teaching career. He hs published articles in Theological Studies, the Journal of Catholic ThoughtMETHOD: Journal of Lonergan Studies, and the Seattle University Law Review, among other journals.