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Title: Are market norms and intrinsic valuation mutually exclusive?
Contributor(s): Walsh, AJ (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2001
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1080/713659307
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Abstract: Are market norms and intrinsic valuation mutually exclusive? Many philosophers have endorsed the thought that market institutions necessarily evacuate non-instrumental value and hence the market and the realm of intrinsic worth are mutually exclusive. Indeed the evacuation of value by the market has been a recurrent theme of much moral and political thinking about the morality of commercial exchange. Consider the following passage from Marx: "Money debases all the gods of man and turns them into commodities. Money is the universal, self-constituted value of all things. It has therefore robbed the whole world, human as well as natural, of its own values." In a similar vein Hannah Arendt writes: "The much deplored devaluation of all things, that is, the loss of all intrinsic worth, begins with their transformation into values or commodities, for from this moment on they exist only in relation to some other things which can be acquired in their stead." Perhaps most famously of all Kant suggests that the market institution of price evacuates value: "In the kingdom of ends everything has either a price or a dignity. If it has a price, something can be put in its place as an equivalent; if it is exalted above all price, then it has a dignity". Evidently for Kant, as for Marx and Arendt, the process of commodification evacuates value as a matter of logical necessity.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 79(4), p. 525-543
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 0004-8402
Field of Research (FOR): 220319 Social Philosophy
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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