Debra Satz

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    Name:Debra Satz
    Title:Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society and Senior Associate Dean for the Humanities & Arts
    Additional Appointments:Political Science, by courtesy
    Stanford Philosophy Department Member:Yes
    Areas of Specialization:Political Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophy of Social Science
    Primary Phone:1-650-723-2133
    Office Number (physical):100-102L
    Office Hours:Thursdays 10-11:50

    Why Some Things Should Not be For Sale: The Moral Limits of the Market [Oxford University Press,  2010.]


    co-editor [with Rob Reich] Toward a Humanist Justice: The Political Philosophy of Susan Moller Okin. Oxford University Press, 2009

    Research Interests

    I am currently working on two main projects.  The first project concerns the basis for and nature of the state's obligation to provide an education to its citizens.  

    The second project is related to my recently published  book, Why Some Things Should Not be For Sale: The Moral Limits of the Market [Oxford University Press,  2010]. It concerns the relationship between markets and social equality.  I am especially interested in the ways that markets can support, but also undermine, the relationship between citizens as equal members of a democratic society.

    I also have continuing interests in global justice.

    Short Bio

    I grew up in the Bronx and received my B.A. from City College of New York.  My PhD is from MIT in 1987.  After teaching at Swarthmore College, I came to Stanford where I have been on the faculty since 1988.  I have held fellowships from the Princeton University Center for Human Values and the Stanford Humanities Center.  In 2002, I was the Marshall Weinberg Distinguished Visiting  Professor at the University of Michigan.  I currently direct the Bowen H. McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society.

    Additional Information/ Links


    “Equality, Adequacy, and Education for Citizenship”, Ethics 117 (July 2007).

    “The Moral Limits of Markets: The Case of Human Kidneys”, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Vol. CVIII, part 2, 2008.

    “Voluntary Slavery and the Limits of the Market”, Law and Ethics of Human Rights, 2009.

    “Measuring the Quality of Life in the United States: Political Reflections”, Perspectives on Politics, 2009.

    “Gender”, for the Oxford Handbook on Political Philosophy, ed. David Estlund, forthcoming, 2011.

    “What Method? Which Capabilities? Reflections on Sen”, forthcoming, Rutgers University Law Review, 2011.


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