Moral Limits of Markets and what Money cannot Buy What Money Can't Buy The Moral Limits of Markets by Michael J. Sandel [1177 Words]

# Moral Limits of Markets and what Money cannot Buy What Money Can't Buy The Moral Limits of Markets by Michael J. Sandel [1177 Words]

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Simply for the purposes of discussion in class (and your journaling), you are responsible for reading the first Introductory chapter: "Introduction: Markets and Morals" (pp. 6-29 in the pdf document) and the last section of the last chapter: The Skyboxification of Everyday Life (pp. 376-80 in the pdf document

In an essay of betwen 500-1200 words, please address the following prompt:

Sandel explains that over the last few decades a market and consumer logic has come to penetrate every area of contemporary social and political life; accordingly, he makes a distinction between a 'market economy' versus a 'market society'. What does he mean by this distinction? Sandel argues that by making markets the ultimate arbiter of values in society, our capacity for a genuine public attitude and decision-making is corrupted. Why does he think that? Use examples from the extra chapters you read to underline why he takes a purely private consumer attitude to social and political decision-making to be destructive of public life. Do you agree with Sandel that there are things money should not be able to buy? If so, what areas of life do you think should be decided upon primarily through public discourse rather than private consumption?

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