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IHS- CL Webcast Series “Commodification”

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IHS- CL Webcast Series “Commodification”
October 22, 2012 7:00 pm
October 22, 2012 8:00 pm
October 18, 2012

What, If Anything, Is Wrong With Commodification?, Christopher Freiman

Monday, October 22

7:00 – 8:00 PM EST


According to commonsense morality and many moral philosophers, there are some goods that can be transferred—just not for money. For example, you can give away kidneys but you cannot sell them. To buy and sell these goods is to “commodify” what should not be commodified. Join us for this Living Liberty webcast where Dr. Freiman will argue that we should reject the principles underlying anti-commodification arguments. These arguments tend to overgeneralize, either implying that the good in question cannot be given away at all or that morally similar goods cannot be bought and sold despite it being uncontroversial to do so. He will also argue that empirical work on the psychological processes generating anti-commodification intuitions casts further doubt on those intuitions.


Christopher Freiman is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the College of William and Mary. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2010, specializing in moral and political philosophy. His work has appeared in venues such as Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, and The Oxford Handbook of Political Philosophy.


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