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

by Debra Satz

Paperback, 2012


Oxford University Press (2012), Edition: Reprint, 272 pages


"Markets are important forms of social and economic organization. They allow vast numbers of people, most of whom never meet, to cooperate together in a system of voluntary exchange... The noted philosopher Debra Satz takes a skeptical view of markets, pointing out that free markets are not always a force for good. The idea of free exchange of child labor, human organs, reproductive services, weapons, life saving medicines, and addictive drugs, strike many as toxic to human values. She asks: What considerations ought to guide the debates about such markets? ...Satz develops a broader and more nuanced view of markets whereby they not only allocate resources and incomes, but shape our culture, foster or thwart human development, and create and support structures of power--Provided by publisher.… (more)


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272 p.; 9.2 inches


019989261X / 9780199892617
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