This is one of the most important books published this century. Every library should have a copy.
CHOICE magazine, 09.2016 (read more)
…as informed and informative as it is thoughtful and thought-provoking. An inherently absorbing and innately fascinating read from beginning to end…
Midwest Book Review, 12.2015 (read more)
[Markets without Limits is a] tour de force of philosophical argument that leaves the opponents’ camp routed and the ground strewn with gauntlets thrown down in challenge… it will be a long time before we see another book that so wonderfully blends philosophy with public policy as Markets without Limits.
George Leef, Regulation, Cato Institute, Spring 2016 (read more)
Brennan and Jaworski make an effort to unravel the often unstructured and emotional objections of anti-commodification theorists in order to make them accessible for a rational discussion. They convincingly push forward the point that in many respects opponents of markets simply lack the empirical evidence for the claims they are making… Brennan and Jaworski’s writing is pleasantly clear and their humor makes the book an entertaining read.”
Matthias Uhl, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 03.21.2016 (read more)
The book makes a compelling and well-articulated case that, while there are “things that should not be bought and sold … they are things people shouldn’t have in the first place” — like child porn or nuclear weapons. For other things, the world would be much better off if we simply followed the saying: “If you may do it for free, then you may do it for money.”
Jesse Kline, National Post, 12.26.2015 (read more)
Giving away morally significant goods and services is fine, even noble, but selling them is wrong. Jason Brennan and Peter M. Jaworski’s book is a welcome challenge to this view.
Jonathan Anomaly, Notre Dame Philosophical Review, 04.15.2016 (read more)
…the book is a pleasure to read and very though-provoking. I predict it will lead to a much higher level of debate about commodification in coming years.
Herbert Gintis, Central European University, Hungary (read more)
There are many books on the morality of commerce and market commoditization, but this one is better than the others. It is better argued, penetrates into the issues more deeply, and most of all it is right.
Tyler Cowen, George Mason University, USA
What I found remarkable is their effort to consider, and answer, objections in a way that recognizes that many of the objections have considerable merit, at least on their own terms. But the answers are still persuasive. An indispensable volume for those interested in applied philosophy and policy.
Michael C. Munger, Duke University, USA
Brennan and Jaworski have produced the best and most straightforward critique of the ‘commodification’ critics and should be on every social science and humanities professor shelf.
Peter Boettke, George Mason University, USA
But they will have shown (and the anti-commodification theorists will have to have acknowledged) that markets in themselves are not corrupting, evil, toxic, or what not. And if B[rennan] & J[aworski]’s book does that, then it will indeed be a monumentally important book.
Shawn Klein, Philosophy Blog, 05.01.2016 (read more)
There’s more beef in Markets Without Limits than in any other book on the subject of commodification.
Katalepsis, 09.15.2015 (read more)