From 8 till 10 January 2015, the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) are organising a conference called 'The Ethics of Economic Institutions'. Economics, philosophers and other interested researchers will investigate the moral side of economic issues.
Economic institutions as moral messages
Our economic institutions are never merely economic institutions; they are always at the same time also moral statements about the good or right ways in which we produce, exchange, consume, distribute and ultimately live together. This includes both the public and private part of economic life. This prompts many questions, such as the following:
- What kind of taxes should we have, and on which purposes should we spend public revenues?
- Which markets are to be prohibited, and how should markets be regulated?
- What would a just financial sector require? Which kinds of relations should prevail between debtors and creditors?
- What is the purpose of corporations, and what are the implications for corporate governance?
- Should citizens have a right and/or a duty to work?
- How to theorise moral obligations to appropriate workplace conditions?
The following speakers will give keynote lectures (titles are provisional):
- Boudewijn de Bruin (University of Groningen): 'The Ethics of Money and Debt';
- Joseph Heath (University of Toronto): 'On the Very Idea of a Just Wage';
- Miriam Ronzoni (University of Manchester): 'Global Labour Justice';
- Erik Schokkaert, (KU Leuven): 'Solidarity and Innovation in Health Care: Principles and Taboos';
- Lea Ypi (London School of Economics): 'Exploitation in the Market'.