Markets and Morals

December 8, 2013 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Humboldt-University of Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, Berlin

A Workshop on normative questions about markets

At least since Mandeville’s infamous Fable of the Bees, friends and foes of markets have argued about their normative value and their compatibility with principles of morality. While economic theorizing has mostly focused on functional aspects of markets, normative philosophy asks about ways in which markets can be considered in their relation to principles and values. Doings this requires not only conceptual clarifications – What are markets? What is capitalism? – but also the exploration of those principles and values that are supported or undermined by markets. It also implies thinking about practical mechanisms for moralizing markets, and for embedding them in the structures of a just society.
The workshop will discuss some of these questions in an interdisciplinary perspective. Speakers include Nancy Fraser, Sanjay Reddy, Lisa Herzog, Christian Neuhouser and Albena Azmanova.
Organized by Prof. Dr. Rahel Jaeggi (Berlin), Prof. Dr. Stephan Gosepath (Berlin), Dr. Lisa Herzog (Frankfurt am Main), in Cooperation with Einstein-Stiftung Berlin