Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 30 September 2020

Abstract and Keywords

This chapter gives an overview of the many compelling ethical issues and debates among moral philosophers that pertain to money in general and financial activities in particular. It gives some background by way of introducing ontological ideas about what money and finance is. Thereafter, the chapter starts by discussing some of the classic and sweeping criticisms to the effect that all (or at least most) financial activities are morally suspect, for example criticisms of usury and speculation. The following section assumes that the existence of financial markets can be acceptable and discusses some of the ethical issues involved in making them honest and fair, for example the challenges of deception and insider trading. Finally, the chapter discusses ideas to the effect that financial agents have social responsibilities that go beyond their role as market participants, for example an extended responsibility to promote social welfare. The overarching aim of the chapter is to help further establish the new field of “financial ethics.”

Keywords: ethics, money, credit, finance, usury, speculation, insider trading, financial crisis, microfinance, socially responsible investment

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.