What Money Can't Buy
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2012 Non-Fiction
Should we pay children to read books or to get good grades? Should we put a price on human life to decide how much pollution to allow? 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?
In What Money Can’t Buy, Michael J. Sandel takes up one of the biggest ethical questions of our time: Isn’t there something wrong with a world in which everything is for sale? If so, how can we prevent market values from reaching into spheres of life where they don’t belong? What are the moral limits of markets?
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, 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 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?
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Member of Parliament for Hereford and South Herefordshire and author of Edmund Burke: The First Conservative
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Fascinating – and in parts both confronting and deeply moving. Decca Aitkenhead
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Sandel, "the most famous teacher of philosophy in the world," has "shown that it is possible to take philosophy into the public square without insulting the public’s intelligence. Michael Ignatieff
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Michael Sandel...is currently the most effective communicator of ideas in English.
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Sandel has the kind of popularity in China usually reserved for Hollywood movie stars and N.B.A. players. Thomas L. Friedman
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