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The Moral Ecology of Markets
Assessing Claims about Markets and Justice

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  • Author: Daniel Finn, Saint John's University, Minnesota
  • Date Published: January 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521677998

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  • Disagreements about the morality of markets, and about self-interested behavior within markets, run deep. They arise from perspectives within economics and political philosophy that appear to have nothing in common. In this book, Daniel Finn provides a framework for understanding these conflicting points of view. Recounting the arguments for and against markets and self-interest, he argues that every economy must address four fundamental problems: allocation, distribution, scale, and the quality of relations. In addition, every perspective on the morality of markets addresses explicitly or implicitly the economic, political, and cultural contexts of markets, or what Finn terms 'the moral ecology of markets'. His book enables a dialogue among the various participants in the debate over justice in markets. In this process, Finn engages with major figures in political philosophy, including John Rawls, Robert Nozick, and Michael Walzer, as well as in economics, notably Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek, and James Buchannan.

    • Engages the debates about capitalism and markets across the disciplines of economics, political science, and political philosophy
    • Provides a novel framework for placing conflicting points of view in dialogue with each other
    • Well-written and non-technical, this book is useful to scholars and accessible to students
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    '… given the charged nature of the elements of moral ecology, Finn provides an excellent framework for mapping our disagreements. This is good, since understanding where we disagree is surely the first step toward mutual understanding and reasoned discussion.' The Journal of Value Inquiry

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    • Date Published: January 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521677998
    • length: 182 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 154 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.26kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Thinking ethically about economic life
    Part I. Self-interest, Morality, and the Problems of Economic Life:
    2. De-moralized economic discourse about markets
    3. The moral defense of self-interest and markets
    4. The moral critique of self-interest and markets
    5. The four problems of economic life
    Part II. The Moral Ecology of Markets:
    6. The market as an arena of freedom
    7. The moral ecology of markets
    8. Implications.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Behind the Market: Markets and Morality
    • Freshman Humanities Seminar - Poverty, Wealth and Social Change
  • Author

    Daniel Finn, Saint John's University, Minnesota
    Daniel Finn is both an economist and theologian and has written extensively on the relation of ethics and economics. The author of Just Trading: On the Economics and Ethics of International Trade and Toward a Christian Economic Ethic: Stewardship and Social Power, he received the Thomas F. Divine Award from the Association for Social Ethics for lifetime achievement in contributions to social economics and the social economy.

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