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The Ethics of Capitalism

Daniel Halliday and John Thrasher


This book acquaints the reader with arguments for the moral foundations of market society, as well as the applications of these arguments. Broadly, the book encourages a distinction between capitalism construed as an ideal rather than as a label for the economic status quo and its associated injustices. These foundational arguments are compared with arguments in favor of socialism. Special attention is paid to historically significant figures such as Adam Smith, John Stuart Mill, Karl Marx, and F.A. Hayek. Later chapters deal with more specific and contemporary themes. These include problems n ... More

Keywords: political economy, economic justice, capitalism, socialism, markets, equality, freedom, political philosophy, liberalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190096205
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190096205.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Halliday, author
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Melbourne

John Thrasher, author
Assistant Professor, Philosophy Department, Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy, Chapman University