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Public Debate with Michael Sandel

What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets
Wednesday 23 May 2012
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue:St Paul's Cathedral, EC4M 8AD
Speaker: Prof Michael Sandel
Discussants: Rt Revd Peter Selby, Stephanie Flanders, Prof Julian Le Grand
Chair: Ann Pettifor

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?

Noted public philosopher and Harvard professor Michael J. Sandel will explore some of these pressing questions in discussion with Bishop Peter Selby, Stephanie Flanders and Prof Julian Le Grand. The event will be chaired by Ann Pettifor.

St Paul's Cathedral is delighted to host a public debate on this vital topic within a sacred space in order to explore the intersection between faith, morality and markets and the power that money has in our lives. Questions and comments from the audience will be taken.

This public debate is being hosted in collaboration with the London School of Economics and Political Science, JustShare and Penguin UK. Copies of Michael Sandel's new book What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets will be available on the evening, and a book signing will take place following the event.

Doors open at 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start.

This event is free and open to all.  For more information and to register for tickets please contact or call 020 7489 1011.  A limited number of tickets will be available on the door on a first come, first served basis.

Speaker Notes:

Michael Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he has taught political philosophy since 1980. His recent book, Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? relates the big questions of political philosophy to the most vexing issues of our time. His new book, What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, has just been published.

Peter Selby is President of the National Council for Independent Monitoring Boards and was the former Bishop of Worcester.  He is the author of Grace and Mortgage: Language of Faith and the Debt of the World, and is currently part of the Interim Directing team for St Paul's Institute.

Stephanie Flanders is the current Economics Editor for the BBC and presenter for Newsnight.  She has previously written for the Financial Times and the New York Times, and was a speechwriter and advisor to U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers.

Julian Le Grand is the Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics.  As well as acting as a senior advisor to Prime Minister Tony Blair, he has acted as an adviser to the President of the European Commission, the World Bank, the World Health Organisation, the OECD, Her Majesty's Treasury and the UK Departments of Health and Work and Pensions.

Ann Pettifor is Director of PRIME: Policy Research in Macroeconomics, and a Senior Fellow of the New Economics Foundation. She is the author of The Coming First World Debt Crisis which was published in 2006.