Markets without Symbolic Limits

Semiotic objections to commodification hold that buying and selling certain goods and services is wrong because of what market exchangeinfo-icon communicates, or because it violates the meaninginfo-icon of certain goods, services, and relationships. We argue such objections fail. The meaning of markets and of moneyinfo-icon is a contingent, socially-constructed fact. Cultures often impute meaning to markets in harmful, socially destructive, or costly ways. Rather than semiotic objections giving us reasoninfo-icon to judge certain markets as immoral, the usefulness of certain markets gives us reason to judge certain semiotic codes as immoral. 

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Peter Jaworski
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Published in: Ethics
2015 125 Pages 1053-1077

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