Debt and Guilt: Moral Economics and Europe’s Division between North and South

Bo Stråth (University of Helsinki)

This project aims at exploring the moral dimension of economics and political economy. The focus will be on the concepts of debt and guilt, in the Germanic languages contained in one term: Schuld, skuld. The interest is in the oscillation between these two meanings, between economics and political economy in a rather technical sense of debt and in the moral(istic) sense of guilt.