Boudewijn de Bruin is Professor at the University of Groningen. His research concerns philosophical, political, and economic aspects of information (epistemic injustice, ethics of belief, virtue epistemology, stereotypes, etc.), with applications in finance, health care, ICT, among others. He has also worked on ethics management in organizations (e.g. banker’s oath, bankierseed), and the foundations of liberalism and republicanism, with applications to privacy, marketing regulation, media violence, etc. De Bruin is currently finishing a monograph entitled Freedom of Business: An Essay in Political Epistemology (Oxford University Press, 2020, under contract).
De Bruin holds master’s degrees in mathematics and philosophy (University of Amsterdam), and a PhD degree from the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (Amsterdam). He also studied musical composition at the Academy of Music (Enschede, one-year talent programme). De Bruin held visiting positions at Cambridge University, the Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme in Paris, Harvard Business School, and UC Berkeley, and is a Life Member of Clare Hall (Cambridge). Visiting professorships at the Graduate Center (CUNY, New York), Ruhr-Universität Bochum, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST)/School of Economics are projected (pending Covid-19).
De Bruin is currently directing two research programmes financed by the Dutch Research Council (NWO), with Alex Oliver (Cambridge, on trust and finance), and with Miranda Fricker (New York, on epistemic justice in finance and health care), and is the recipient of various other grants.
De Bruin is the author of numerous academic papers, op-eds and blogs, and has published two monographs: Explaining Games: The Epistemic Programme in Game Theory (Springer, Synthese Library, 2010); and Ethics and the Global Financial Crisis: Why Incompetence is Worse than Greed (Cambridge University Press, 2015, pbk 2017). With Christopher F. Zurn, he has edited New Waves in Political Philosophy (Palgrave, 2008).
De Bruin is the recepient of a Veni grant (Dutch Research Council, NWO) for a project on Recognition and Republicanism. He also obtained funding from NWO for a project on The Epistemic and Rationality Assumptions of Game Theoretic Solution Concepts (one PhD student); Ethics and Game Theory (one PhD student); Shared Commitments and Common Knowledge: The Epistemic Dimensions of Deliberative Democracy (two PhD students and two postdocs, with an empirical study of neighbourhood safety, with Martin van Hees (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam); for a collaborative project on Trusting Banks (two PhD students, two postdocs, with an empirical study of epistemic virtues, with Alex Oliver, Cambridge); and a project Towards Professional Epistemic Justice: Finance and Medicine (two PhD students, one postdoc, with Miranda Fricker). Digitale Pioniers financed a project Moira Search: The Inverted Search Engine, with artist Saskia Korsten.
De Bruin has taught courses and supervised independent work on a wide range of topics in philosophy, politics and economics, and he has consulted to and/or taught incidental programmes for Achmea, Atradius, the Dutch tax office, Rabobank, DSI, ING, PFZW, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in the Netherlands (member of ethics committee), AOG School of Management, Comenius, Judge Business School (Cambridge), and Blavatnik School of Government (Oxford).