Discussing Why Some Things Should Not Be for Sale
Erasmus Student Journal of Philosophy , Volume 4 - Issue 1 p. 14- 21
In Why Some Things Should Not Be For Sale, Debra Satz (2010) argues that four considerations should guide moral reflection on markets: does a market involve weak agency, extreme vulnerability, extremely harmful outcomes to individuals, or extremely harmful outcomes to society? If the answer is yes to one or more of these questions, a market could very well be noxious. In this paper, I assess to what extent Satz’ framework can indeed be used to discuss the moral status of markets. I claim that (1) it would be desirable to have a criterion that tells us when weak agency and extreme vulnerability make a market noxious; (2) it is unproductive to discuss the moral status of a theoretical market without first thinking about a regulatory framework for this market; and (3) it is paramount to consider all empirical evidence available on markets because they might turn out very differently in reality from how they look on paper.
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Brouwer, H. (2014). Discussing Why Some Things Should Not Be for Sale. Erasmus Student Journal of Philosophy, 4(1), 14–21. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/77057