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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
Discussant: Rt Revd Peter Selby
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 with a response from Bishop Peter Selby. 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. Pre-registered tickets will be available for priority entry, and if you would like to reserve one of these please contact with your name, postal address and phone number (please note: this information will be sent to the LSE events team so that they can mail out tickets on the 10th May). A limited number of tickets will also be available on the door.

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 former Bishop of Worcester, and is the author of Grace and Mortgage: Language of Faith and the Debt of the World. He is currently part of the Interim Directing team for St Paul's Institute.

Ann Pettifor is Director of Policy Research in Macro-Economics (PriME), 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.