Harvard Professor and Author Michael J. Sandel Presents "What Money Can't Buy"

Union League Club of Chicago's Authors Group

Harvard Club of Chicago

Business Book Roundtable

May 1, 2012: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

A renowned political philosopher rethinks the role that markets and money should play in our society


Union League Club of Chicago
65 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois

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Indoor and valet parking available at customary Loop rates.

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Dress Code: business or business casual attire is required.  Jeans are not allowed.

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Should we pay children to read books or to get good grades? Should we put a price on human life to decide how much pollution to allow? Is it ethical to pay people to test risky new drugs or to donate their organs? What about hiring mercenaries to fight out wars, outsourcing inmates to for-profit prisons, auctioning admission to elite universities, or selling citizenship to immigrants willing to pay?

In What Money Can't Buy, Michael J. Sandel takes up one of the biggest ethical questions of our time: Isn't there something wrong with a world in which everything is for sale? If so, how can we prevent market values from reaching into spheres of life where they don't belong? What are the moral limits of markets?

In recent decades, market values have crowded out nonmarket norms in almost every aspect of life—medicine, education, government, law, art, sports, even family life and personal relations. Without quite realizing it, Sandel argues, we have drifted from having a market economy to being a market society.

In Justice, an international bestseller, Sandel showed himself to be a master at illuminating, with clarity and verve, the hard moral questions we confront in our every-day lives. Now, in What Money Can't Buy, he provokes a debate that's been missing in our market-driven age: What is the proper role of markets in a democratic society, and how can we protect the moral and civic goods that markets do not honor and money cannot buy?

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$35.00.  Book is not included.  Books will be available for sale at the event.


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Reservations are required.  No walk-ins allowed.

Online registration will close at 6:00 pm on April 30th.  After that time, if seats are still available, see contact information for phone reservations and cash / check payment options.

Deadline: 4/30/2012


11:30 AM-1:30 PM: Reception, noon luncheon, author presentation followed by Q& A and book signing


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