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2014-06 Book Club

What: What Money Can't Buy by Michael J. Sandel

When: 18 June, 19:30 – RSVP on Meetup (optional ;))

Where: Bistro Lochergut (tram 2+3 ‘Lochergut’)

Michael J. Sandel teaches political philosophy at Harvard and in this book he looks at how market values have become common in a lot of different aspects of life. It sounds like a very tedious lecture, but it’s actually very easy to read because Sandel illustrates his philosophical ideas with a lot of different examples. Might be something different for the book club, but it’s worth reading (and very easy to read). From Amazon: ‘What Money Can’t Buy is the Top Ten Sunday Times Bestseller from ‘the superstar philosopher’, Michael Sandel. Should we financially reward children for good marks? Is it ethical to pay people to donate organs? What about hiring mercenaries to fight our wars, outsourcing inmates to for-profit prisons or selling citizenship? In recent decades, market values have impinged on almost every aspect of life - medicine, education, government, law, even family life. We have drifted from having a market economy to being a market society. In What Money Can’t Buy Michael Sandel asks: Isn’t there something wrong with a world in which everything is for sale? And how do we protect the things that really matter?’

First suggested: November 2013

Supporter(s): Christoph, Richie, Leon, Rene, Nadya

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