“Has the trust bond between banks and civilians fully recovered? Interesting moment to ask such a question, right in the middle of ING’s laundering scandal,’ says Rutger Claassen, political philosopher and coordinator of Utrecht University’s newest Bachelor programme Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Ten years after the financial crisis, the integrity of systemics bank is seriously contested once again.
“I always tell students that aspire to change banks or other big businesses morally to open the black box. With this, I am trying to say that such businesses, not unlike society, contain conservative as well as progressive forces. Enormous dichotomies exist within such companies. You will have to create a coalition of well-doers and even then, there will always have to be a balance between good and evil. You need people that take steps in the right direction.” Starting this month, students are able to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Utrecht University, an English-taught Bachelor programme in which political and economic questions are perceived from four perspectives: philosophy, politics, economy and history. The programme is interdisciplinary, hosting lecturers from the faculty of Humanities and the faculty of Law, Economics and Governance.