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What Money Can’t Buy

The Moral Limits of Markets

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What Money Can’t Buy
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In this summary, you will learn

  • How the market economy has expanded
  • Why introducing market values sometimes makes society worse
  • What ethical questions such issues provoke

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Why you should read What Money Can’t Buy

In this timely treatise, Harvard professor Michael J. Sandel intervenes in the cultural trend toward expanding the market’s role in society. In a balanced and humane tone – and with exceptionally smooth prose – he calls for a discussion of society’s most profound values. Sandel’s Harvard lectures are popular because he makes the complex accessible. That said, he unfortunately slides past some of the issues: More than once, he writes of ideas and activities that society judges as ethically dubious, without offering supporting evidence in the text. That objection aside, getAbstract recommends this moral investigation to a wide range of readers: It will be particularly useful to economists and to anyone concerned about doing the right thing.

About the Author

Michael Sandel, author of the bestseller, Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?, is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass professor of government at Harvard University.


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  1. August 21, 2013 Patrick Brigger
    Great summary
  2. August 21, 2013 Patrick Brigger
    Love it, recommendation to everyone. 

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