International Review of Economics

, Volume 60, Issue 1, pp 101–106 | Cite as

Michael Sandel: What money can’t buy: the moral limits of markets

FSG, New York, 2012, 27 $
  • Luigino BruniEmail author
Book Review

This book of the moral philosopher Michael Sandel, is both a continuation and a vulgarization of his 2010 book on Justice, designed to deal with the moral nature of market interactions, an issue very relevant in today’s public debate. That goes far beyond the domain of economics and of any other social science. There is an honourable tradition in moral philosophy that has analysed the nature and the effects of the introduction of the market logic and instruments (money, prices, incentives, credit…) into social areas previously covered by other logics (community, hierarchy, friendships, command, love, reciprocity,…). We can trace this philosophical tradition back at least to Aristotle, who devoted significant parts of his Nicomachean Ethics and Politicsto market exchanges, economy, money, all analysed in relation to civil virtues and the common good. Cicero, Seneca, and most of the Christian Middle Age philosophers (from Duns Scotus to Thomas Aquinas) have continued this moral enquiry...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LUMSA UniversityRomeItaly

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