Departmental Bulletin Paper マイケル・サンデルの反自由市場コミュニタリアニズム
Michael Sandel's Anti-Market Communitarianism

森村, 進

15 ( 1 )  , pp.3 - 17 , 2016-03-10 , 一橋大学大学院法学研究科
This is the sequel to my previous paper "Michael Sandel's Communitarian Republicanism" (this journal, Vol. 11, No. 2, 2012). Here I critically examine Sandel's recent bestseller What Money Can't Buy : The Moral Limits of Markets (2012). In this book Sandel describes the commercialization of various kinds of goods and services that had not been sold until recently. They include, among others, "hired line standers," "tradable pollution permits," "bought wedding toasts," and "janitor insurance." He argues against most of them because he believes such commercialization corrupts our attitude towards those goods and aggravates social inequality. I argue that Sandel's critique of the market is unsuccessful because his charge of corruption lacks empirical evidence and depends on a simplistic understanding of the symbolism of our behavior. I also point out that where there is a good reason for prohibiting the sale of certain goods there is usually a reason for prohibiting gifts of them, too. This means the problem is not commercialization but the transfer in general of those goods. This paper also contains a brief discussion of his other recent book The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering (2007).

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