Niet alles is te koop: de morele grenzen van marktwerking

Have, Ten

Spraakmakende filosoof ontketent debat over grenzen marktwerking Mag een verzekeraar of een werkgever iemand een bonus geven om af te vallen? Moeten we kinderen betalen om boeken te lezen of goede cijfers te halen? Kun je met een prijskaartje aangeven hoeveel een mensenleven het milieu belast? En is staatsburgerschap te koop voor immigranten die ervoor willen betalen? In Niet alles is te koop behandelt de Amerikaanse Harvardfi losoof Michael J. Sandel een van de grootste morele vraagstukken van onze tijd: Is er niet iets mis met een wereld waarin alles te koop is? En zo ja, wat kunnen we doen om te voorkomen dat marktwaarden gebieden binnendringen waar ze niet thuishoren? Afgelopen decennia hebben marktwaarden de niet-economische normen uit bijna elk levensgebied verdrongen: dat zien we in de zorg, opvoeding, overheid, kunst en sport, en zelfs in het gezinsleven en persoonlijke relaties. Volgens Sandel zijn we zonder dat we het weten uit een markteconomie in een marktgestuurde samenleving beland.
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Have, Ten
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Jun 11, 2012
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Philosophy / Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Political Science / Public Policy / Economic Policy
Political Science / Public Policy / Social Policy
Political Science / Public Policy / Social Services & Welfare
Psychology / General
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Listen to a short interview with Michael Sandel Host: Chris Gondek - Producer: Heron & Crane Breakthroughs in genetics present us with a promise and a predicament. The promise is that we will soon be able to treat and prevent a host of debilitating diseases. The predicament is that our newfound genetic knowledge may enable us to manipulate our nature--to enhance our genetic traits and those of our children. Although most people find at least some forms of genetic engineering disquieting, it is not easy to articulate why. What is wrong with re-engineering our nature? The Case against Perfection explores these and other moral quandaries connected with the quest to perfect ourselves and our children. Michael Sandel argues that the pursuit of perfection is flawed for reasons that go beyond safety and fairness. The drive to enhance human nature through genetic technologies is objectionable because it represents a bid for mastery and dominion that fails to appreciate the gifted character of human powers and achievements. Carrying us beyond familiar terms of political discourse, this book contends that the genetic revolution will change the way philosophers discuss ethics and will force spiritual questions back onto the political agenda. In order to grapple with the ethics of enhancement, we need to confront questions largely lost from view in the modern world. Since these questions verge on theology, modern philosophers and political theorists tend to shrink from them. But our new powers of biotechnology make these questions unavoidable. Addressing them is the task of this book, by one of America's preeminent moral and political thinkers.
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