The Moral Ecology of Markets: Assessing Claims about Markets and
Justice, Daniel K. Finn, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006,
pp. ix, 169.
There is a subtitle to this book: “Assessing Claims about
Markets and Justice.” Its aim is not to settle the question of how
just markets are, but rather to identify the framework within which the
morality of markets can be profitably discussed. In the opening chapter,
he takes to task some celebrated economists who, he thinks, try to defend
markets without moral judgment. We can certainly agree that if they really
thought they were doing that, their task was hopeless. But more likely
they felt their moral premises were uncontroversial.