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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. (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. (2016). Pledging integrity: Oaths as forms of business management. Journal of Business Ethics, 136(1), 23-42.
de Bruin, B., & Floridi, L. (2016). The ethics of cloud computing. Science and Engineering Ethics, 23(1), 21-39.


de Bruin, B. (2015). Ethics and the global financial crisis: Why incompetence is worse than greed. (Business, value creation, and society). Cambridge: 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.
de Bruin, 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: 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 Virtues in Business. Journal of Business Ethics, 113(4), 583-595.
de Bruin, B. (2013). Epistemic integrity in accounting. Business & professional ethics journal, 32(1-2), 109-130.
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). Onbeperkte twijfel is misplaatst. Trouw.
de Bruin, B. P. (2010). Explaining games: The epistemic programme in game theory. Dordrecht: Springer.
de Bruin, B. P. (2010). Interactive epistemology. In G. Cheng, & N. Xia (Eds.), Duoyuan: Volume of Analytic Philosophy (pp. 336 - 360). Shanghai: Joint Publishing.
de Bruin, B. P. (2010). The liberal value of privacy. Law and Philosophy, 29(5), 505 - 534.


de Bruin, B. (2009). Liberal and Republican Freedom. Journal of Political Philosophy, 17(4), 418-439.
de Bruin, B. (2009). Doxastic and Epistemic Freedom. Tijdschrift voor Filosofie, 71(3), 529-552.
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. (2009). We and the plural subject. Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 39(2), 235-259.
de Bruin, B. P. (2009). Doxastische en epistemische vrijheid. Tijdschrift voor Filosofie, 71(3), 529 - 552.
de Bruin, B. P., & Zurn, C. (2009). New waves in political philosophy. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.
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). Berlin: 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. 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). London: Routledge.


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. (2008). Wittgenstein on Circularity in the Frege-Russell Definition of Cardinal Number. Philosophia Mathematica, 16(3), 354-373.
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). Common knowledge of payoff uncertainty in games. Synthese, 163(1), 79-97.
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). 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 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). Basingstoke: 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 of Amsterdam.
de Bruin, B. P. (2008). The logic of valuing. In T. Boylan, & R. Gekker (Eds.), Economics, Rational Choice and Normative Philosophy (pp. 164 - 172). London: Routledge.


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