Money Without State

Philosophy Compass 16 (11):1-15 (2021)
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In this article, we describe what cryptocurrency is, how it works, and how it relates to familiar conceptions of and questions about money. We then show how normative questions about monetary policy find new expression in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. These questions can play a role in addressing not just what money is, but what it should be. A guiding theme in our discussion is that progress here requires a mixed approach that integrates philosophical tools with the purely technical results of disciplines like computer science and economics. Note: this article is the first entry within a two-part sequence on the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics of Cryptocurrency.

Author Profiles

Craig Warmke
Northern Illinois University
Andrew M. Bailey
Yale-NUS College
Bradley Rettler
University of Wyoming


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