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Contested Commodities / Edition 1
     

Contested Commodities / Edition 1

by Margaret Jane Radin
 

ISBN-10: 0674007166

ISBN-13: 9780674007161

Pub. Date: 11/05/2001

Publisher: Harvard

Not only are there willing buyers for body parts or babies, Radin observes, but some desperately poor people would be willing sellers, while better-off people find such trades abhorrent. Radin observes that many such areas of contested commodification reflect a persistent dilemma in liberal society: we value freedom of choice and simultaneously believe that

Overview

Not only are there willing buyers for body parts or babies, Radin observes, but some desperately poor people would be willing sellers, while better-off people find such trades abhorrent. Radin observes that many such areas of contested commodification reflect a persistent dilemma in liberal society: we value freedom of choice and simultaneously believe that choices ought to be restricted to protect the integrity of what it means to be a person. She views this tension as primarily the result of underlying social and economic inequality, which need not reflect an irreconcilable conflict in the premises of liberal democracy.

As a philosophical pragmatist, the author therefore argues for a conception of incomplete commodification, in which some contested things can be bought and sold, but only under carefully regulated circumstances. Such a regulatory regime both symbolizes the importance of nonmarket value to personhood and aspires to ameliorate the underlying conditions of inequality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674007161
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
11/05/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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