What Money Can't Buy: The moral limits of markets

Author(s): Sandel Michael J

Society & Culture

'One of the most popular teachers in the world' Observer 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, or auctioning admission to elite universities? 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, Michael Sandel showed himself to be a master at illuminating 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 honour and money cannot buy?

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Michael J. Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University. His legendary 'Justice' course is the first Harvard course made freely available online (www.JusticeHarvard.org) and on television.Sandel's work has been translated into 15 foreign languages and been the subject of television series in the U.K., the U.S., Japan, South Korea, Sweden, and the Middle East.He has delivered the Tanner Lectures at Oxford and been a visiting professor at the Sorbonne, Paris. In 2010, China Newsweek named him the 'most influential foreign figure of the year' in China.Sandel was the 2009 BBC Reith Lecturer, and his most recent book Justice is an international bestseller.

General Fields

  • : 9781846144721
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : Allen Lane
  • : January 2012
  • : United States
  • : July 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Sandel Michael J
  • : Paperback / softback
  • : 1
  • : 174.4