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

Paperback | February 8, 2012

byDebra Satz

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For many, markets are the most efficient way in general to organize production and distribution in a complex economy. But what about those markets we might label noxious - markets in addictive drugs, say, or in sex? In Why Some Things Should Not Be for Sale, philosopher Debra Satz takes apenetrating look at those commodity exchanges that strike most of us as problematic. What considerations, she asks, ought to guide the debates about such markets? Satz contends that categories previously used by philosophers and economists are of limited use in addressing such markets because they are assumed to be homogenous. Accordingly, she offers a broader and more nuanced view of markets - one that goes beyond the usual discussions of efficiency anddistributional equality - to show how markets shape our culture, foster or thwart human development, and create and support structures of power. Nobel Laureate Kenneth J. Arrow calls this book "a work that will have to be studied and taken account of by all those concerned by the role of the marketas compared with other social mechanisms."

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For many, markets are the most efficient way in general to organize production and distribution in a complex economy. But what about those markets we might label noxious - markets in addictive drugs, say, or in sex? In Why Some Things Should Not Be for Sale, philosopher Debra Satz takes apenetrating look at those commodity exchanges th...

Debra Satz is Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society and Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University. She is the coeditor with Rob Reich of TOWARD HUMANIST JUSTICE (OUP, 2008).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199892617

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart I1. What Do Markets Do?Part II2. The Changing Visions of Economics3. The Market's Place and Scope in Contemporary Egalitarian Political Theory4. Noxious MarketsPart III5. Markets in Women's Reproductive Labor6. Markets in Women's Sexual Labor7. Child Labor: A Normative Perspective8. Markets in Women's Sexual Labor9. Ethical Issues in The Supply and Demand of Human KidneysConclusion

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"Why Some Things Should Not Be for Sale is intelligent, insightful and on the whole convincing, and even those readers who already agree with most of Satz's conclusions regarding the justifiability and permissibility of particular sorts of markets will learn from it." --Troy Jollimore, Truthdig