What Are the Moral Limits of Markets?
To what extent do we want to live in a society where everything is up for sale?
I’ve been working for some years teaching and writing about political philosophy. And my last book about justice was really a about what’s a fair way to distribute the good things in life?
This book, What Money Can’t Buy, is about a particular question related to justice, but also more broadly to the question of the good society. To what extent do we want to live in a society where everything is up for sale?
We’re drifting, I think, in the direction of being such a society. But sometimes markets, money and market values can erode, or crowd out, important non-market values and so, in a way, this project about trying to spur a debate about the moral limits of markets tries to reconnect economics and economic thinking to political philosophy, debates about justice and the good society in general.
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