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Friday, June 20 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Desperate Exchanges in the Kidney Black Market

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Economists claim that a voluntary exchange has to be mutually beneficial, and that such an exchange can never be exploitative or unjust. But in desperate circumstances, an individual might, with full knowledge, accept a short-term benefit in exchange for a great benefit to the other party and a long-term harm to himself. For example, a woman might sell her kidney for a sack of rice if her family is on the brink of starvation and she knows of no better alternative. Neera K. Badhwar argues that heroic figures like Dagny or Rearden would never give a starving woman only a sack of rice for a kidney, because they would regard it as unjust. But pinpointing the injustice of the act is not so easy. She will focus on trying to understand this issue.

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Neera K. Badhwar

Professor Emerita (U. of Ok)/Affiliate (GMU), University of Oklahoma/George Mason University
Neera K. Badhwar taught philosophy at the University of Oklahoma for 22 years, and is now affiliated with the Philosophy and Economics departments at George Mason University. She has published articles on ethical theory and moral psychology in *Ethics*, *Journal of Philosophy*, and other philosophy journals. Her book, *Well-Being: Happiness in a Worthwhile Life*, has recently been published by Oxford University Press. She has also published an... Read More →

Friday June 20, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Loft South Manchester Country Club

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