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

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Allen Lane, 2012 - Broj stranica: 244
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Should we pay children to read books or to get good grades? 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? Isn''t there something wrong with a world in which everything is for sale?

In recent decades, market values have crowded out nonmarket norms in almost every aspect of life-medicine, education, government, law, art, sports, even family life and personal relations. Without quite realizing it, Sandel argues, we have drifted from having a market economy to being a market society.

In Justice, an international bestseller, Michael 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 examines one of the biggest ethical questions of our time and 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?

''Ed Miliband has been reading What Money Can''t Buy- The Moral Limits of Markets, Michael Sandel''s elegant and provocative critique of ''the era of market triumphalism''.According to the Harvard professor, ''Our only hope of keeping markets in their place is to deliberate openly and publicly about the meaning of the goods and social practices we prize ...... the question of markets is really a question about how we want to live together.'' It is no surprise that this particular monograph should appeal to the Labour leader at this particular moment, when precisely the same questions - and more besides - are being confronted, for the highest stakes, across a continent.'' Matthew d''Ancona, Evening Standard

''Provocative and intellectually suggestive . . . amply researched and presented with exemplary clarity, it is weighty indeed - little less than a wake-up callto recognise our desperate need to rediscover some intelligible way of talking about humanity.'' Rowan Williams, Prospect

''Brilliant, easily readable, beautifully delivered and often funny . . . an indispensable book.'' David Aaronovitch, Times

''Entertaining and provocative.'' Diane Coyle, Independent

''Poring through Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel''s new book . . . I found myself over and over again turning pages and saying, ''I had no idea.'' I had no idea that in the year 2000 . . . ''a Russian rocket emblazoned with a giant Pizza Hut logo carried advertising into outer space,'' or that in 2001, the British novelist Fay Weldon wrote a book commissioned by the jewelry company Bulgari . . . I knew that stadiums are now named for corporations, but had no idea that now ''even sliding into home is a corporate-sponsored event'' . . . I had no idea that in 2001 an elementary school in New Jersey became America''s first public school ''to sell naming rights to a corporate sponsor.'''' Thomas Friedman, New York Times

''A vivid illustration . . . Let''s hope that What Money Can''t Buy, by being so patient and so accumulative in its argument and its examples, marks a permanent shift in these debates.'' John Lanchester, Guardian

''In a culture mesmerised by the market, Sandel''s is the indispensable voiceof reason . . . if we . . . bring basic values into political life in the way that Sandel suggests, at least we won''t be stuck with the dreary market orthodoxies that he has so elegantly demolished.'' John Gray, New Statesman

''What Money Can''t Buyis replete with examples of what money can, in fact, buy

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Michael Sandelis the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at the University of Harvard. Sandel's legendary 'Justice' course is one of the most popular and influential at Harvard with up to a thousand students enrolling every year. In 2011, BBC4 will air a season on Justice, featuring eight of Sandel's Harvard lectures and his new documentary film, 'Justice- A Citizen's Guide to the 21st Century.' Michael Sandel has lectured widely in Europe, China, Japan, India, Australia and North America. He has been a visiting professor at the Sorbonne, Paris, and delivered the Tanner Lectures at Oxford. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Sandel is the author of many books and has previously written for the Atlantic Monthly, the New Republicand the New York Times. In 2009, he delivered the Reith Lectures for the BBC.

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