Amorality, or a poor conscience?

Although I graduated back in September 2016, one of the essays I wrote during my Research Master was recently published in the Erasmus Student Journal of Philosophy (ESJP). The essay is about the amorality of the global banking sector, in which I respond to the popular explanation put forward by Dutch anthropologist and author Joris Luyendijk. After three months of peer reviews, I can finally say my life as a student is (officially) over. During my studies, I have always tried to make dense philosophical arguments more accessible and enjoyable for a broader audience. This essay I one such attempt.

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Caveat emptor

In my previous post, where I introduced the raison d’être of this blog, I already mentioned briefly the issue of moral misconduct in the financial sector. Now since this is one of my “favourite” topics, I’d like to dedicate my first real post to one particular aspect of it: the principle of caveat emptor.

Taken literally, it means ‘buyer beware’. It is a common and widely accepted legal principle, practiced throughout the financial sector to indicate that clients and consumers are ultimately responsible for what they buy. So if either a senior trader at Citigroup or a certain John Layman from Uppsala municipality would decide to acquire a set of stocks or a mortgage, both should know whether it’s a good deal.

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