Why Some Things Should Not Be for Sale: The Moral Limits of Markets

Why Some Things Should Not Be for Sale: The Moral Limits of Markets

by Debra Satz
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195311590

ISBN-13: 9780195311594

Pub. Date: 06/10/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

What's wrong with markets in everything? Markets today are widely recognized as the most efficient way in general to organize production and distribution in a complex economy. And with the collapse of communism and rise of globalization, it's no surprise that markets and the political theories supporting them have seen a considerable resurgence. For many, markets

Overview

What's wrong with markets in everything? Markets today are widely recognized as the most efficient way in general to organize production and distribution in a complex economy. And with the collapse of communism and rise of globalization, it's no surprise that markets and the political theories supporting them have seen a considerable resurgence. For many, markets are an all-purpose remedy for the deadening effects of bureaucracy and state control. But what about those markets we might label noxious-markets in addictive drugs, say, or in sex, weapons, child labor, or human organs? Such markets arouse widespread discomfort and often revulsion.

In Why Some Things Should Not Be for Sale, philosopher Debra Satz takes a penetrating look at those commodity exchanges that strike most of us as problematic. What considerations, she asks, ought to guide the debates about such markets? What is it about a market involving prostitution or the sale of kidneys that makes it morally objectionable? How is a market in weapons or pollution different than a market in soybeans or automobiles? Are laws and social policies banning the more noxious markets necessarily the best responses to them? Satz contends that categories previously used by philosophers and economists are of limited utility in addressing such questions because they have assumed markets to be homogenous. Accordingly, she offers a broader and more nuanced view of markets-one that goes beyond the usual discussions of efficiency and distributional equality—to show how markets shape our culture, foster or thwart human development, and create and support structures of power.
An accessibly written work that will engage not only philosophers but also political scientists, economists, legal scholars, and public policy experts, this book is a significant contribution to ongoing discussions about the place of markets in a democratic society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195311594
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/10/2010
Series:
Oxford Political Philosophy Series
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I
Chapter One: What Do Markets Do?
Part II
Chapter Two: The Changing Visions of Economics
Chapter Three: The Market's Place and Scope in Contemporary Egalitarian Political Theory
Chapter Four: Noxious Markets
Part III
Chapter Five: Markets in Women's Reproductive Labor
Chapter Six: Markets in Women's Sexual Labor
Chapter Seven: Child Labor: A Normative Perspective
Chapter Eight: Voluntary Slavery and the Limits of the Market
Chapter Nine: Ethical Issues in The Supply and Demand of Human Kidneys
Conclusion
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I
Chapter One: What Do Markets Do?
Part II
Chapter Two: The Changing Visions of Economics
Chapter Three: The Market's Place and Scope in Contemporary Egalitarian Political Theory
Chapter Four: Noxious Markets
Part III
Chapter Five: Markets in Women's Reproductive Labor
Chapter Six: Markets in Women's Sexual Labor
Chapter Seven: Child Labor: A Normative Perspective
Chapter Eight: Voluntary Slavery and the Limits of the Market
Chapter Nine: Ethical Issues in The Supply and Demand of Human Kidneys
Conclusion

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