Purpose and Vision

The Market is the name of the game in contemporary society – but what’s the game behind the name? What to make of it?

Is there something wrong with the market for human kidneys, child labour, chemical weapons, or greenhouse gas emissions? Is it possible to have markets for electoral votes, scientific ideas, love, moral praise, or salvation? Do we have markets in our heads? How do models of the Market relate to real world markets? How do the diverse models and theories of the Market in various scientific disciplines relate to one another? In what sense is the Market mechanism a mechanism? Does the same mechanism function outside of the ordinary economy? Does marketization always lead to more efficiency? Does it increase human happiness and wellbeing? What are its preconditions and consequences regarding our moral character? Does the marketization of society have any limits at all?

“The Market and Marketization: Models, Mechanisms, and Explanation” is a series of interdisciplinary workshops focusing on the Market, a central institution in contemporary society, and Marketization, a central process shaping and reshaping the world we live in. The workshops mobilize the best virtues of interdisciplinarity: Philosophy of science serves a coordinating function as the fragmented investigations into the market institution in multiple disciplines will be brought together. The interdisciplinary encounters and cross-pollinations will result in enriched scientific understanding as well as politically and morally relevant information of the various dimensions and limits of The Market and marketization.

The series of workshops consists of six meetings taking place in Finland during the two-year period from 2010 to 2012.