Daraprim and the Morality of Healthcare Markets

The recent story about Turing Pharmaceuticals purchasing the rights to Daraprim - a uniquely effective¬†drug for a particular parasitic infection that is especially important for people with compromised immune systems (i.e. those with diseases like AIDS) - and raising the cost from $13.50 to $750 per pill is illustrative of, as Michael Sandel would say, … Continue reading Daraprim and the Morality of Healthcare Markets

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On the Legality of Prostitution

The legality of prostitution is of course a common ethical and policy quandary. The difficulty here lies not only in developing a moral perspective on the issue, but also in reasoning the appropriate legal status of the practice. Here are the arguments as they seem to me: 1.) The classically liberal argument I've heard for legalization is made along the lines … Continue reading On the Legality of Prostitution

More Thoughts on the Neutrality of Rawlsian Liberalism

One of the questions communitarians raise about Rawlsian liberalism has to do with the state's assumed position of neutrality toward questions of the good or the good life. This "neutrality of aim," as Rawls will call it, is what he refers to when he explains that political liberalism prioritizes the right over the good. This doesn't … Continue reading More Thoughts on the Neutrality of Rawlsian Liberalism