The Ethics of Debt Network

What is the Ethics of Debt Network?

The ethics of debt network brings together researchers from various disciplines working on the ethics of debt, broadly construed. The main goal of the network is to provide an opportunity to members to receive high-quality feedback on work-in-progress. We also take the opportunity to reflect on shared research challenges and discuss cross-cutting themes. We welcome contributions from any discipline and methodological perspective shedding light on normative questions related to household, commercial, and sovereign debt. We welcome both empirical studies raising normative questions, and normative studies engaging with empirical literature. We welcome both “ethical” perspectives focusing on what particular actors in the credit system ought to do as well as perspectives from “political philosophy” analysing the principles underlying the institutions concerning debt.

Euro was supposed to facilitate political integration. Over the past decade, a sovereign debt crisis has led to the opposite effect. Moralizing tales of lazy Southerners and saintly Northerners and the purely technical administration of rescue packages continue to threaten the democratic legitimacy of European integration. To address this problem, we welcome contributions on the ethics of the Eurozone debt crisis.


The goal of our workshops is to give participants high-quality feedback on work-in-progress. As such, we look for papers at an early stage of development, ready for constructive feedback from a friendly, specialist audience.

All participants are expected to read papers before each workshop to allow for in-depth discussions during the event. Speakers set the stage for the discussion, but will not recap the content of the paper. Each speaker is given a total of 45 mins to present and discuss their work. At the end of the conference we will have some time for a full group discussion.

The conference will be conducted using Zoom. We incorporated a 10mins screen break between each paper into the programme. We will send out instructions on how to set-up and use the conference software closer to the date.

The Organisers

Marco Meyer
Marco leads a junior research group at the University of Hamburg. Has a PhD in philosophy from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in economics from the University of Groningen. He received a Master’s degree in philosophy from Oxford University, a BA degree in Philosophy & Economics from Bayreuth University, and a BA in European History from Bayreuth University. His research interests include financial ethics, organizational epistemology and global justice. He has taught students at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge and has given seminars on philosophy and economics.

Janosch Prinz
Janosch is Assistant Professor in Social and Political Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, Maastricht University, the Netherlands. His main research interests lies in developing a radical version of realism in political theory as a tool for the evaluation of current socio-economic orders, including creditor-debtor relations.  

Aleksander Masternak
Aleks is a graduate student in Political Science at McGill University. Previously he was a trainee at the European Commission in the Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, and worked as a researcher and teaching assistant at the University of Amsterdam. His research interests include political realism, ideology critique, post-work theory and alternative economic institutions, including Universal Basic Income and Job Guarantee.

To stay up-to-date with future events email us at: ethicsofdebt [at] gmail [dot] com

The Ethics of Debt Network workshops are funded by the York Maastricht Partnership Investment Fund.

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