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What Money Can’t Buy

What Money Can't Buy

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
256 pages • $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-374-53365-6

The Moral Limits of Markets

Michael J. Sandel

“Sandel is just the right person to get to the bottom of the tangle of moral damage that is being done by markets to our values.”—Jeremy Waldron, The New York Review Review of Books

Should we allow corporations to pay for the right to pollute the atmosphere?

Is it ethical to pay people to test risky new drugs or to donate their organs?

What about hiring mercenaries to fight our wars? Auctioning admission to elite universities?

Selling citizenship to immigrants willing to pay?

In What Money Can’t Buy, Michael J. Sandel—“the world’s most relevant living philosopher” (Newsweek)—takes on one of the biggest ethical questions of our time: Is 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 relationships. Without quite realizing it, Sandel argues, we have drifted from having a market economy to being a market society. “There is no more fundamental question we face than how to best preserve the common good and build strong communities that benefit everyone. Sandel’s book is an excellent starting place for that dialogue.”—Kevin J. Hamilton, The Seattle Times

Michael J. Sandel © Kiku Adatto

© Kiku Adatto

Michael J. Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University. His work has been the subject of television series on PBS and the BBC.

What Money Can’t Buy has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Skidmore College (NY); University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; University of Texas at Austin

The Upcycle

The Upcycle

North Point Press
256 pages • $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-86547-748-3

Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance

William McDonough and Michael Braungart

The Upcycle is the eagerly awaited follow-up to Cradle to Cradle, the most consequential ecological manifesto of our time.

Drawing on the lessons gained from ten years of putting the cradle-to-cradle concept into practice with businesses, governments, and ordinary people, William McDonough and Michael Braungart envision the next step in the solution to our ecological crisis: We don’t just reuse resources with greater effectiveness, we actually improve them as we use them. For McDonough and Braungart, the questions of resource scarcity and sustainability are questions of design. And they are practical-minded visionaries: They envision beneficial designs of products, buildings, and business practices—and they show us these ideas being put to use around the world as everyday objects like chairs, cars, and factories are being reinvented not just to sustain life on the planet but to grow it. It is an eyeopening, inspiring tour of the next industrial revolution as it unfolds in front of us. McDonough and Braungart want to turn on its head our very understanding of the human role on earth: We should not just protect the plant from ourselves but should redesign our activity to improve the planet. And that goal is well within our reach.

William McDonough and Michael Braungart

William McDonough is an American architect and founding principal of William McDonough + Partners.

Michael Braungart is a German chemist.

Together they cofounded McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry, and they are the coauthors of two books.