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What Money Can't Buy

The Moral Limits of Markets

By Michael J. Sandel

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| Hardcover | 9780374203030

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Should we pay children to read books or to get good grades? Should we allow corporations to pay for the right to pollute the atmosphere? Is it ethical to pay people to test risky new drugs or to donate their organs? What about hiring mercenaries to f Continue

Should we pay children to read books or to get good grades? Should we allow corporations to pay for the right to pollute the atmosphere? Is it ethical to pay people to test risky new drugs or to donate their organs? What about hiring mercenaries to fight our wars? Auctioning admission to elite universities? Selling citizenship to immigrants willing to pay?

In What Money Can’t Buy, Michael J. Sandel takes on one of the biggest ethical questions of our time: Is 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. Is this where we want to be?

In his New York Times bestseller Justice, 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 an essential discussion that we, in our market-driven age, need to have: What is the proper role of markets in a democratic society—and how can we protect the moral and civic goods that markets don’t honor and that money can’t buy?

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    錢買不到的東西是心

    這本書可說是「正義-一場思辨之旅」的進階版,正義一書比較像是基礎課程,讓讀者對作者所要表達的概念有一定程度的基礎後,再藉由閱讀本書去獲知更專精於經濟學各種活動的表裡因由。與前作基本上的概念是相同的:不要因為想賺更多錢而失去對世界上其他生物(人類及其他動植物)應有的關懷。

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    Victoria Jian said on Aug 6, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    *** This comment contains spoilers! ***

    正義?金錢?

    金錢VS正義,自古以來這便是宏大的戰場
    當金錢前進一步;正義或者說道德便倒退一步

    有些國家,你可以用金錢跟少數原住民購買他們獵殺保育類動物的許可
    在自由經濟下,你獲得了你想要的獵物,對方也獲得了金錢
    這是一個雙贏的交易

    但在道德上
    這代表了有錢人可以買到特權
    是道德的腐化;公平正義的淪陷

    本書舉出了許許多多的例子讓讀者將正義與金錢放在天平的兩端去衡量
    哪一項才是我們重視的?
    或者說在那些情況下,道德不該被金錢所替換
    金錢的重量不該高於道德,無論你放了多少的金錢在天平的另外一端
    譬如生命?譬 ...(continue)

    金錢VS正義,自古以來這便是宏大的戰場
    當金錢前進一步;正義或者說道德便倒退一步

    有些國家,你可以用金錢跟少數原住民購買他們獵殺保育類動物的許可
    在自由經濟下,你獲得了你想要的獵物,對方也獲得了金錢
    這是一個雙贏的交易

    但在道德上
    這代表了有錢人可以買到特權
    是道德的腐化;公平正義的淪陷

    本書舉出了許許多多的例子讓讀者將正義與金錢放在天平的兩端去衡量
    哪一項才是我們重視的?
    或者說在那些情況下,道德不該被金錢所替換
    金錢的重量不該高於道德,無論你放了多少的金錢在天平的另外一端
    譬如生命?譬如人口?譬如內臟?

    比起這兩者的攻防
    我想貧富差距才是道德崩壞的最主要原因。

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    弗力丹 said on Apr 21, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    Is there anything that money can't buy? Today, apparently not. In this book, Michael Sandel opens our eyes to the unbelievably wide range of things that money can buy. I may be naive, but these following are truly new to me:

    - Paying for the right t ...(continue)

    Is there anything that money can't buy? Today, apparently not. In this book, Michael Sandel opens our eyes to the unbelievably wide range of things that money can buy. I may be naive, but these following are truly new to me:

    - Paying for the right to shoot an endangered black rhino

    - Buying the insurance policy of a stranger with a terminal illness, hoping to collect the death benefit when he/she dies

    - Renting out your forehead to have an advertisement tattooed on it

    The point is, our society has become so commercialized and commodified that it is hard to imagine what still remains outside the market. Sandel correctly identifies two major problems with this trend:

    1) the fairness problem – when everything is up for sale, those who sell may not do so under entirely voluntary conditions. Think of organ selling and prostitution.

    2) the corruption problem – putting a price on something previously not for sale degrades that thing. Think of college admission and book reading incentives.

    Sandel is right in pointing out that we have let the free market rule over our lives. True, market capitalism is inventive and efficient, and it has given us many freedoms and opportunities. But now that a market economy is becoming a market society and seeking to displace age-old social norms, it is time we paused to think if we really want this to continue, if we want our basic social fabric to disintegrate.

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    Holmes said on Apr 11, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    Buen entretenimiento

    Lectura adictiva pero que deja sabor a poco al terminar la obra. Anécdotas muy interesantes pero con escaso sustento filosófico de los temas expuestos.

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    Laura C. said on Feb 22, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    社會的進步需要大家更熱心地去參與及討論相關議題, 
    雖然每個人持有的立場不同,但是只要關心一定會讓現況更好,
    最可怕的是沉默不語及凡事事不關己的態度…
    可能無法在短時間之內形成機制,
    但至少從自己開始,遇到這些公共論述的問題能夠好好想一想,
    我想這就是一個很大的進步了。

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    AJ said on Jan 14, 2014 | Add your feedback

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  • English Books
  • Hardcover 244 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0374203032
  • ISBN-13: 9780374203030
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publish date: 2012-04-24
  • Also available as: Paperback , Others , eBook
  • In other languages: other languages 繁體書
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