Markets, Freedom and Choice| 47mins
Director: Gresham College | Producer: Gresham College
Focus Years: 2012 | Country: United Kingdom
This lecture focuses on the relationship between markets and freedom and the extent to which freedom should be seen as being entirely a matter of freedom of choice and the number of choices which an individual has available. Markets have often been seen as the embodiment of individual choice. Does freedom mean that the ends or goals which an individual chooses are beyond moral assessment or does choice involve some reference to moral standards and, if so, what can be the source and basis of such standards if in fact they do seem to be necessary? If freedom has to be linked to ideas about virtue and the greater value of some sorts of goods over others how can such judgements be justified â€“ arenâ€™t we just imposing our own choices in order to restrict the choices of others?
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