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In defense of commodification


2007 2007

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Abstract (summary)

There are legal limitations imposed upon the market that serve either to regulate some exchanges or to prohibit some exchanges altogether. The focus of this dissertation is on the moral status of the legal prohibitions on the market. I argue that if it is (or ought to be) legally permissible for me to give away or not to give away X, then it ought to be legally permissible for me to sell X (i.e. the gift-commodity principle). The general approach to this project is to defend the gift-commodity principle by rejecting what seem to be some of the strongest counterexamples, namely organ sales, prostitution, and blackmail. I aim to provide a detailed critical rebuttal to a comprehensive range of arguments offered in defense of the legal prohibition of each kind of exchange.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Philosophy
Classification
0422: Philosophy
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology; Blackmail; Commodification; Gift-commodity principle; Organ sales; Prostitution
Title
In defense of commodification
Author
Szabo, Tait
Number of pages
209
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
0051
Source
DAI-A 68/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549314875
Advisor
Boonin, David
Committee member
Mapel, David; Mills, Claudia; Oddie, Graham; Tooley, Michael
University/institution
University of Colorado at Boulder
Department
Philosophy
University location
United States -- Colorado
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3284434
ProQuest document ID
304889592
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304889592/abstract
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