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Yannic Vitz

Undergraduate studies in Philosophy and Social and Economic History at Georg-August-University Göttingen and Universidad Complutense de Madrid (BA 2017). Graduate studies in Philosophy and Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (MSc 2019). Further graduate studies in Philosophy at Humboldt-University Berlin (MA 2021) while stipendiary of the Deutschlandstipendium.

Various employments at political foundations, private companies and public institutions as well as charity work.

Since October 2021 doctoral research fellow at the Institute of Philosophy, Free University Berlin and member of the DFG-funded research training group 2638 Normativity, Critique, Change. PhD project supervised by Stefan Gosepath (FU) and Thomas Schmidt (HU).

Merit and Social Equality (Working Title)

In my research I engage with the moral limits of merit-based reward systems: Are systems rewarding merit compatible with social equality? The merit norm poses an analytical challenge given its notorious indeterminacy, derivative character, and the common equation of success with merit. Criteria for merit tend to be based on the dominantly asserted values in a given social group about what is to count as valuable or productive contribution. This possibly fosters objectionable social hierarchies – social relations between believed inferiors and superiors – based on individuals’ ability to make a meritorious contribution. The norm of social equality and merit norm thus appear incompatible; but their relationship is undertheorized in the literature. Addressing this gap, this project puts forth an account detailing how merit criteria are validated in reward systems to result in objectionable judgements about individuals’ alleged worthiness. By theorizing about norms of merit in tandem with social equality it reviews the moral status of merit-based reward systems through its function in legitimizing social hierarchies.

Research Interests

  • moral philosophy (egalitarianism, relational/social equality, deontological ethics and contractualism, fairness & competition, debates around desert, moral responsibility, blame and hypocrisy)
  • political philosophy/theory
  • feminist philosophy
  • social philosophy
  • applied ethics, intersection between philosophy and public policy

Publications

  • Vitz, Yannic (2021): “Applaus, Applaus! Über eine Ethik des Lobes und moralisch unangemessenen Applaus,“ in Romy Jaster & Geert Keil (ed.), Nachdenken über Corona, Stuttgart: Reclam, p. 121-132.
  • Vitz, Yannic (2019): “'Having Too Much' and Libertarian Freedom” Rerum Causae, 11 (1), pp. 57–69. [https://rc.lse.ac.uk/articles/abstract/167/]

 

Talks

  • “Applaus, Applaus! Über eine Ethik des Lobes und moralisch unangemessenen Applaus,“ Presented at the Research Colloquium, Chair of Philosophical Anthropology Geert Keil, Humboldt-University Berlin, Berlin, November 19, 2020.
  • “Applaus und Covid 19,” Presented at the Research Colloquium, Chair of Practical Philosophy Kirsten Meyer, Humboldt-University Berlin, Berlin, July 13, 2020.
  • “Realising Luck Egalitarianism,” Presented at the Research Colloquium, Chair of Practical Philosophy Kirsten Meyer, Humboldt-University Berlin, Berlin, November 25, 2019.
  • “Realising Luck Egalitarianism: Risk, Open Counterfactuals, and Community,” Presented at the 6th Student Philosophy Conference [Bundesfachschaftentagung], Düsseldorf, September 20, 2019.
  • “’Having Too Much’ and Libertarian Freedom,” Presented at the 7th LSE-Bayreuth Student Philosophy Conference, London, May 2, 2019.
Freie Universität Berlin
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Universität der Künste Berlin
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