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Kate Padgett Walsh

Kate Padgett Walsh

Kate Padgett Walsh is an associate professor of philosophy at Iowa State University. She publishes on the history of ethics and the ethics of debt. She is interested in the ethical questions that surround borrowing, lending, repayment, and default today, and in contextualizing those questions within historical debates discussions of the ethics of debt. She teaches courses on ethical and moral theory, and she holds a bachelor's degree from Middlebury College, a master's from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a doctorate from Northwestern University.

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Student loan debt is costing recent grads much more than just money

By: , and - April 25, 2021

President Joe Biden promised to forgive up to $10,000 in student loan debt during his 2020 campaign. Now, a few months into his presidency, over 415 organizations have urged him to use his executive authority to cancel all federal student loan debt. The Conversation assembled a panel of academics to talk about the effects student […]

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The morality of canceling student debt

By: - December 5, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden promised to forgive at least some student debt during his campaign, and he now supports immediately canceling $10,000 per borrower as part of COVID-19 relief measures. Such proposals are likely to be quite popular. A poll from 2019 found that 58% of voters support canceling all federal student debt. But there are […]