What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets

What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets

by Michael J. Sandel
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What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets by Michael J. Sandel

A renowned political philosopher rethinks the role that markets and money should play in our society

Should we pay children to read books or to get good grades? Should we put a price on human life to decide how much pollution to allow? Is it ethical to pay people to test risky new drugs or to donate their organs? What about hiring mercenaries to fight our wars, outsourcing inmates to for-profit prisons, auctioning admission to elite universities, or selling citizenship to immigrants willing to pay?

In his New York Times bestseller What Money Can't Buy, Michael J. Sandel takes up one of the biggest ethical questions of our time: Isn't there something wrong with a world in which everything is for sale? If so, how can we prevent market values from reaching into spheres of life where they don't belong? What are the moral limits of markets?

In recent decades, market values have crowded out nonmarket norms in almost every aspect of life. Without quite realizing it, Sandel argues, we have drifted from having a market economy to being a market society.

In Justice, an international bestseller, Sandel showed himself to be a master at illuminating, with clarity and verve, the hard moral questions we confront in our everyday lives. Now, in What Money Can't Buy, he provokes a debate that's been missing in our market-driven age: What is the proper role of markets in a democratic society, and how can we protect the moral and civic goods that markets do not honor and money cannot buy?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611735062
Publisher: Center Point Large Print
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Series: Platinum Nonfiction Series
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 500
Product dimensions: 5.88(w) x 8.52(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

Michael J. Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University. His work has been the subject of television series on PBS and the BBC. His recent books include the New York Times bestseller Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?.

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What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
BenjaminXJackson More than 1 year ago
Anyone who is interested in in the shape and direction of our society should read this book. In What Money Can't Buy, Michael Sandel provides an interesting counter-point to the market fundamentalism that dominates our society today. In the United States we have been encouraged to let markets solve every problem, but there are limitations to the market. What Sandel asks is whether or not puttting something up for sale devalues it. Using examples including human blood, time, and civic involvement, he answers that selling something can cheapen it. I think everyone should read this book and think about what kind of society we want to live in, especially as we go through a round of elections where this discussion is being brought into sharp relief. Buy a copy or visit your library and get one. The questions in this book are some of the most important we face, and this is a side of the discussion that is too seldom heard.
mochipupalade More than 1 year ago
This was a truly great book that really made me think. I highly recommend it!
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Too few writers work in the area of nonmonetary quantification of value. Sandel makes this an interesting read, presenting several approaches to look at the ways society assigns importance to every part of out lives. Wonderful discussion group starter.
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Fascinating!