Justice and the Market

Assaf Sharon, Shai Agmon

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Abstract

Some things should not be for sale. One’s body or one’s children, to take the most glaring examples. But, arguably, more trivial things like the family heirloom or a citizen’s vote should also not be bought and sold. Theorists differ both about the membership of this class (what things should not be for sale) and about the grounds for membership in it (why they should not be bought and sold). Yet there is virtual unanimity that it is not an empty set. Human beings, if nothing else, should not be sold on the market, not even by themselves (selling oneself into slavery).

In recent years, an expansive literature has been produced analyzing the moral limits of markets, focusing on the question just presented: what kinds of goods should not be bought and sold on the market.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Handbook of Privatization
EditorsAvihay Dorfman, Alon Harel
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Chapter5
Pages85–101
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781108684330
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Publication series

NameCambridge Law Handbooks
PublisherCambridge University Press

Keywords

  • Legal representation
  • Limits of the market
  • Justice system

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