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Philosophy Speakers: Markets without Limits: How Much for that Kidney in the Window?

Date & Time:
February 9, 2018 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1253 SS
Peter Jaworski, Georgetown University

About the Talk

May you sell your kidney? May you sell your blood plasma? Many people shudder at the thought. To put some goods and services up for sale offends human dignity. If everything is commodified, then nothing is scared. The markets corrodes our character. Or so many people say. In this talk Peter Jaworski seeks to undermine all these objections. If you may do it for free, the you may do it for money, he argues. A market in kidneys or blood plasma would not corrupt our character, would not commodify any persons (nor parts of them), would not result in people having the wrong attitudes. And at any rate, what morally matte r most is that we save as many loves as possible. Markets in kidneys and blood plasma would do that. We are morally obligated to permit them.

About the Speaker

Peter Jaworski is and assistant teaching professor in Strategy, Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy at Georgetown University's McDonough School Of Business. He is an adjunct scholar with the Cato Institute and co-founder and director of the Institute of Liberal Studies. Peter's academic wok has been published in Ethics, Philosophical Studies, The Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, The Journal of Business Ethics, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, amongst others. Along with Jason Brennan, he is the author of Markets Without Limits: Moral Virtues and Commercial Interests. Prior to joining the faculty of Georgetown, Peter was a visiting research professor in the Political Theory Project at Brown University, a visitor in the philosophy department at the College of Wooster, and was an instructor in philosophy at Bowling Green State University.

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