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Bruin, Prof. Boudewijn de

Boudewijn de Bruin
Boudewijn de Bruin

Boudewijn de Bruin (1974) is professor of Financial Ethics at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Groningen. This chair, the first of its kind in the Netherlands, is a response to the widespread social desire to train future economists and business administrators in ethics. ‘The economic crisis has demonstrated the need for financial ethics,’ says De Bruin. ‘You only have to think of issues to do with bonuses, government support for banks, or the bankers’ oath. However, Financial Ethics is barely out of the starting blocks as an academic discipline. That means that there are a lot of possibilities, both for teaching and for new research projects.’ De Bruin makes use of methodologies from disciplines such as philosophical ethics, mathematical game theory and logic for his research into ethics in the financial sector.

De Bruin studied composition for a year at music school, and mathematics and philosophy in Amsterdam, Berkeley and Harvard. He gained his PhD with a thesis on game theory and epistemic logics. Alongside his professorship, De Bruin is a University Reader in Ethics at the Faculty of Philosophy.

In early 2016 he was awarded an NWO grant worth € 700,000 to investigate the consequences of repeated exposure to stereotypes of a particular population group – including the foolish and clumsy Zwarte Piet.

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de Bruin, B., Cherednychenko, O., Hermes, N., Kramer, M., & Meyer, M. (2024). Demand for financial advice: Evidence from a randomized choice experiment. Journal of Banking and Finance, 163, Article 107193.


de Bruin, B., Herzog, L., O'Neill, M., & Sandberg, J. (2023). Philosophy of Money and Finance. In E. N. Zalta, & U. Nodelman (Eds.), Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy). Metaphysics Research Lab Center for the Study of Language and Information Stanford University.
de Bruin, B., Zaal, R., & Jeurissen, R. (2023). Pitting Virtue Ethics Against Situationism: An Empirical Argument for Virtue. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 26, 463–479.
de Bruin, B. (2023). Ranking philosophy journals: a meta-ranking and a new survey ranking. Synthese, 202(6), Article 188.


de Bruin, B. (2022). Against Nationalism: Climate Change, Human Rights, and International Law. Danish Yearbook of Philosophy, 55(2), 173-198.
Böhm, S., Carrington, M., Cornelius, N., de Bruin, B., Greenwood, M., Hassan, L., Jain, T., Karam, C., Kourula, A., Romani, L., Riaz, S., & Shaw, D. (2022). Ethics at the Centre of Global and Local Challenges: Thoughts on the Future of Business Ethics. Journal of Business Ethics, 180(3), 835-861.
de Rooij, B., & de Bruin, B. (2022). Real-life collective epistemic virtue and vice. In M. Alfano, C. Klein, & J. de Ridder (Eds.), Social Virtue Epistemology (pp. 396-414). Taylor and Francis Inc..
Bruin, B. D. (2022). The business of liberty: freedom and information in ethics, politics, and law. Oxford University Press.


Meyer, M., Alfano, M., & De Bruin, B. (2021). Epistemic vice predicts acceptance of Covid-19 misinformation. Episteme. Advance online publication.
Vergara-Fernández, M., & de Bruin, B. (2021). Finance and Financial Economics: A Philosophy of Science Perspective. In The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Economics (pp. 198-208). Taylor and Francis Inc..
de Bruin, B. (2021). Knowledge attribution, socioeconomic status, and education: New results using the Great British Class Survey. Synthese, 199, 7615-7657.
de Bruin, B. (2021). Saving the armchair by experiment: what works in economics doesn’t work in philosophy. Philosophical Studies, 78(8), 2483–2508.
Meyer, M., Alfano, M., & de Bruin, B. (2021). The Development and Validation of the Epistemic Vice Scale. Review of Philosophy and Psychology. Advance online publication.


de Bruin, B. (2020). Epistemic Corporate Culture: Knowledge, Common Knowledge, and Professional Oaths. Seattle University Law Review, 43(2), 807-839.


de Bruin, B. (2021). Epistemic Injustice in Finance. Topoi, 40, 755–763.
Nottelmann, N., & de Bruin, B. (2021). Impermissible Self‑Rationalizing Pessimism: In Defence of a Pragmatic Ethics of Belief. Erkenntnis, 86, 257-274.
Booth, A., & de Bruin, B. (2021). Stakes Sensitivity and Credit Rating: A New Challenge for Regulators. Journal of Business Ethics, 169, 169-179.
de Bruin, B., & Endörfer, R. (2019). Freedom in Finance: The Importance of Epistemic Virtues and Interlucent Communication. In C. Cowton, J. Dempsey, & T. Sorell (Eds.), Business Ethics after the Global Financial Crisis: Lessons from the Crash (pp. 104-130). (Routledge Studies in Business Ethics). Routledge.


Bruin, de, B. (2018). Le « cloud »: éthique du nuage informatique. In M. Doueihi , & J. Domenicucci (Eds.), La confiance à l’ère numérique Berger-Levrault.
de Bruin, B. (2018). Moral Responsibility for Large-Scale Events: The Difference between Climate Change and Economic Crises. In PA. French, HK. Wettstein, J. Dempsey, & T. Sorell (Eds.), Moral responsibility and the financial crisis (pp. 191-212). (Midwest Studies in Philosophy; Vol. 42). Wiley-Blackwell.
de Bruin, B., Herzog, L. M., O'Neill, M., & Sandberg, J. (2018). Philosophy of Money and Finance. In E. N. Zalta (Ed.), Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy). Metaphysics Research Lab Center for the Study of Language and Information Stanford University.


Bruin, de, B. (2017). Information as a Condition of Justice in Financial Markets: The Regulation of Credit-Rating Agencies. In L. Herzog (Ed.), Just Financial Markets? Finance in a Just Society (pp. 250-270). Oxford University Press.
Bruin, de, B. (2017). Oaths, Professional. In D. C. Poff, & A. C. Michalos (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Business and Professional Ethics Springer.
Bruin, de, B., & Walter, C. (2017). Research Habits in Financial Modelling: The Case of Non-normativity of Market Returns in the 1970s and the 1980s. In E. Ippoliti, & P. Chen (Eds.), Methods and Finance: A Unifying View on Finance, Mathematics and Philosophy (pp. 73-93). (Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics; Vol. 34). Springer.
de Bruin, B., & Floridi, L. (2017). The ethics of cloud computing. Science and Engineering Ethics, 23(1), 21-39.


de Bruin, B. (2016). Pledging integrity: Oaths as forms of business management. Journal of Business Ethics, 136(1), 23-42.


de Bruin, B. (2015). Ethics and the global financial crisis: Why incompetence is worse than greed. (Business, value creation, and society). Cambridge University Press.


de Bruin, B. (2014). Alcohol in the Media and Young People: What Do We Need for Liberal Policy-making? Public Health Ethics, 7(1), 35-46.
de Bruin, B. (2014). Epistemically Virtuous Risk Management: Financial Due Diligence and Uncovering the Madoff Fraud. In C. Luetge, & J. Jauernig (Eds.), Risk Management and Business Ethics (pp. 27-42). (Ethical Economy; Vol. 43). Springer.
Bruin, de, B. (2014). Ethics Management in Banking and Finance. In N. Morris, & D. Vines (Eds.), Capital Failure: Rebuilding Trust in Financial Services (pp. 255–276). Oxford University Press.
de Bruin, B. (2014). Professional oaths in the financial services industry. In R. C. Chandler (Ed.), Business and Corporate Integrity: Sustaining Organizational Compliance, Ethics and Trust (pp. 121-140). Praeger.


Fontrodona, J., Sison, A. J. G., & de Bruin, B. (2013). Editorial Introduction: Putting Virtues Into Practice. A Challenge for Business and Organizations. Journal of Business Ethics, 113(4), 563-565.
de Bruin, B. (2013). Epistemic integrity in accounting: Accountants as Justifiers in Joint Epistemic A. Business & professional ethics journal, 32(1-2), 109-130.
de Bruin, B. (2013). Epistemic Virtues in Business. Journal of Business Ethics, 113(4), 583-595.
de Bruin, B. (2013). Epistemische deugden en de wereldwijde financiële crisis. Filosofie & Praktijk, 34(4), 5-14.
de Bruin, B. P., & Dolfsma, W. A. (2013). Oaths and codes in economics and business. Review of Social Economy, 71(2), 135 - 139.
de Bruin, B. (2013). Socially responsible investment in the alcohol industry: an assesment of investor attitudes and ethical arguments. Contemporary social science, 8(1), 58-70.
de Bruin, B. (2013). The Epistemology of Religious Testimony. Philo, 16(1), 95-111.


de Bruin, B. P. (2010). Explaining games: the epistemic programme in game theory. (Synthese library : Studies in Epistemology, Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science; Vol. v. 346). Springer.
de Bruin, B. P. (2010). Interactive epistemology. In G. Cheng, & N. Xia (Eds.), Duoyuan: Volume of Analytic Philosophy (pp. 336 - 360). Joint Publishing.
de Bruin, B. P. (2010). Onbeperkte twijfel is misplaatst. Trouw.
de Bruin, B. P. (2010). The liberal value of privacy. Law and Philosophy, 29(5), 505 - 534.


de Bruin, B. (2009). Doxastische en epistemische vrijheid. Tijdschrift voor Filosofie, 71(3), 529-552.
de Bruin, B. (2009). Liberal and Republican Freedom. Journal of Political Philosophy, 17(4), 418-439.
de Bruin, B. P. (2009). On the narrow epistemology of game theoretic agents. In O. Majer, A. Pietarinen, & T. Tulenheimo (Eds.), Games: Unifying Logic, Language, and Philosophy (pp. 27 - 36). Springer.
de Bruin, B. P. (2009). Over de wetenschappelijkheid van de rechtswetenschap. Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Rechtsfilosofie en Rechtstheorie, 38(3), 236 - 243.
de Bruin, B. (2009). Overmathematisation in game theory: pitting the Nash Equilibrium Refinement Programme against the Epistemic Programme. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. Part A, 40(3), 290-300.
de Bruin, B. P. (2009). The Liberal Value of Privacy. Law and Philosophy, 29(5), 505 - 534.
de Bruin, B. (2009). The logic of valuing. In T. Boylen, & R. Gekker (Eds.), Economics, Rational Choice and Normative Philosophy (pp. 164-172). (Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy; Vol. 116). Routledge.
de Bruin, B. (2009). We and the plural subject. Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 39(2), 235-259.


de Bruin, B. P. (2008). A note on list's modal logic of republican freedom. Politics, Philosophy & Economics, 7(3), 341-349.
de Bruin, B. P. (2008). Bijsturen, of herzien. Recensie van Silvio Funtowicz, Lieve Goorden, John Grin en Pieter Leroyet. Wetenschap, maatschappij, politiek: wie stuurt wie? Openbaar Bestuur. Tijdschrift voor beleid, organisatie en politiek, 18(3), 36 - 36.
de Bruin, B. P. (2008). Common knowledge of payoff uncertainty in games. Synthese, 163(1), 79-97.
de Bruin, B. P. (2008). Common knowledge of rationality in games. Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic, 49(3), 261-280.
de Bruin, B. P. (2008). Epistemic logic and epistemology. In F. Hendricks, & D. Pritchard (Eds.), New Waves in Epistemology (pp. 106 - 136). Palgrave MacMillan.
de Bruin, B. (2008). Media Violence and Freedom of Speech: How to Use Empirical Data. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 11(5), 493-505.
de Bruin, B. P., & Zurn, C. (Eds.) (2008). New waves in political philosophy. (New waves in philosophy). Palgrave MacMillan.
de Bruin, B. P. (2008). On Glazer and Rubinstein on persuasion. In R. Krzystof, R. van Rooij, & R. Apt (Eds.), New perspectives on games and interaction (pp. 141 - 150). Amsterdam University Press.
de Bruin, B. P. (2008). Reducible and nonsensical uses of game theory. Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 38(2), 247-266.
de Bruin, B. P. (2008). The logic of valuing. In T. Boylan, & R. Gekker (Eds.), Economics, Rational Choice and Normative Philosophy (pp. 164 - 172). Routledge.
de Bruin, B. (2008). The logic of valuing. In T. Boylan, & R. Gekker (Eds.), Economics, Rational Choice and Normative Philosophy (pp. 164-172). (Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy). Taylor and Francis Inc..
de Bruin, B. P. (2008). Wittgenstein on Circularity in the Frege-Russell Definition of Cardinal Number. Philosophia Mathematica, 16(3), 354-373.


de Bruin, B. P. (2007). Normen en snavels: ook ethiek heeft een evolutionaire oorsprong, review of Buskes, C., Evolutionair denken, Van Hooff, J., Gedragsbiologie, De Waall, Primates and philosophers, Joyce, R. The evolution of morality. De Academische Boekengids, 62, 3 - 5.


de Bruin, B. P., & Rol, M. E. G. M. (2006). Onderwijs moet gratis (maar niet voor iederen).
de Bruin, B. P., & Robeyns, I. (2006). Over Martha Nussbaum's Frontiers of Justice. In: special issue Filosofie en Praktijk. Uitgeverij Damon.
de Bruin, B. P. (2006). Popper's Conception of the Rationality Principle in the Social Sciences. In D. Miller, K. Milford, & I. Jarvie (Eds.), Karl Popper: A Centenary Assessment: Volume III: Science Ashgate Publishing.
de Bruin, B. P. (2006). Versneden vrijheid: Over onbenutte mogelijkheden als meetbaar kapitaal. Review of Carter. I. (1999), A Measure of Freedom and Kramer, M. (2003), The Quality of Freedom. De Academische Boekengids, 58, 13 - 14.


de Bruin, B. P. (2005). Game theory in philosophy. Topoi: An International Review of Philosophy, 24(2), 197-208.
de Bruin, B. P. (2005). Videoclip is niet zomaar meningsuiting. De Volkskrant, 12 - 12.
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