CANCELLED: Public lecture by Jason Brennan: "Markets Without Symbolic Limits"
The lecture is cancelled.
Jason Brennan (Georgetown) will give a public lecture, "Markets Without Symbolic Limits," on October 19, from 12.15 to 14.00, in Auditorium 7, Eilert Sundts hus.
ABSTRACT: The most common objection to markets in everything—such as kidneys--is that certain markets express disrespect or violate the meaning of certain goods, services, and relationships. I argue instead that the meaning of markets and money is a contingent, socially constructed fact. Cultures often impute meaning to markets in harmful and socially destructive ways. Rather than concluding that certain markets are bad because they violate our social meanings, we should conclude that our social meanings are bad because they forbid life-saving markets.
JASON BRENNAN (Ph.D., 2007, University of Arizona) is Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Chair and Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. He specializes in politics, philosophy, and economics.
Brennan is the author of Against Democracy (Princeton University Press, 2016), Markets without Limits, with Peter Jaworski (Routledge Press, 2015), Compulsory Voting: For and Against, with Lisa Hill (Cambridge University Press, 2014), Why Not Capitalism? (Routledge Press, 2014), Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2012), The Ethics of Voting (Princeton University Press, 2011), and, with David Schmidtz, A Brief History of Liberty (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010).
Organizer: Ole Martin Moen, "What should not be bought and sold?"