"This is a metaphysical study on money and its value with emphasis on their role as a sociological phenomenon, and its mobility," says Eyja M. Brynjarsdóttir, specialist at the Institute of Philosophy, who in 2015 began to study the reality of money with the support of the Icelandic Centre for Research (Rannís). She says we need to look at money in connection with consumerism, power structures, distribution of resources, and social justice. The focal point of the research is sociological ontology; studying the existence of social infrastructure and its foundation.
"Money began to interest me as a research subject after the economic collapse in Iceland and the idea of this study slowly began to take shape," she says. Eyja has always been fascinated by everything that has to do with the interaction of human thought and external reality and considers money to be a good example of this.
"Money has not been much discussed in Philosophy and thus it is important to cover it in this field of study," says Eyja whose main drive in research is the compulsive need to figure things out. "I find my research subject at each time so incredibly important and therefore the answer to it extremely interesting to everyone," she concludes.