Finance – Knowledge – Justice


May 24th, 2016, 9.00 am – 5.00 pm (t.b.c.)

Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Campus Westend
Building "Normative Ordnungen", EG 01
Max-Horkheimer-Str. 2

After the Great Financial Crisis, financial institutions have received attention not only from economists, but also from philosophers.
Existing financial institutions can be criticized not only for being inefficient, but also for creating and exacerbating social injustice.
A closer look at the institutional details shows that many normative problems in the financial system – and in fact in the economy as a whole – have to do with the structural distribution of knowledge and the presence or absence of trust between different market participants. This means that these institutions can criticized not only from a perspective of distributive justice, but also from perspectives of epistemic justice, structural justice, or the distribution of trust in society. In all three areas, philosophers have recently made valuable contributions that can be brought to bear on the analysis of financial institutions.

This workshop brings together scholars from the projects “Moral Agents in Financial Markets” (Frankfurt) and “Trusting Banks” (Groningen/Cambridge) to discuss work-in-progress on these topics.
Papers will be circulated beforehand and all participants are expected to read them. Depending on availability, commentators will be assigned to introduce the papers and start the discussion.

Confirmed participants
Boudewijn de Bruin, Groningen
Marco Meyer, Groningen/Cambridge
Jens van ‘t Klooster, Groningen/Cambridge Lisa Herzog, Frankfurt Cristian Dimitriu, Frankfurt/Berlin

Call for Paper proposals
We have free slots for up to two papers. Papers do not have to be exactly on the workshop topics, but there should be sufficient overlap to ensure fruitful discussion. Possible topics include: human rights and financial stability, epistemic injustice and financial inclusion, central banking and sovereignty, the right to credit, discriminatory lending, or government banking If you are interested in joining the workshop and presenting your work, please send an abstract of around 500 words to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Please note that we expect not to have funds available for travel cost and accommodation.

Time line
March 31st: Deadline for submission of abstracts
April 20th: Notification of applicants
May 9th: Deadline for submitting full papers for circulation
May 24th: Workshop

Contact details
If you are interested in participating, please contact Lisa Herzog at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Please indicate if you are interested in acting as a commentator. Spaces will be limited in order to keep a workshop atmosphere, and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

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Cluster of Excellence "The Formation of Normative Orders"


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