Does Paying for a Baby Symbolize Disrespect, or Embody it?

business_ethics_highlights_2In the short article linked below, philosopher Daniel Layman offers commentary on Jason Brennan & Peter Jaworski’s “Markets Without Symbolic Limits.” >>>

LINK: Layman on Brennan and Jaworski (by Daniel Layman for Business Ethics Journal Review [full PDF available for free])

Jason Brennan and Peter Jaworski reject expressive objections to markets on the grounds that (1) market symbolism is culturally contingent, and (2) contingent cultural symbols are less important than the benefits markets offer. I grant (1) and (2), but I deny that these points suffice as grounds to dismiss expressive critiques of markets. For many plausible expressive critiques of markets are not symbolic critiques at all. Rather, they are critiques grounded in the idea that some market transactions embody morally inappropriate normative stances toward the goods or services on offer…..

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