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Debra Satz

Debra Satz

Debra Satz

Philosophy
Stanford University
Fellow, 2017-18 Study #37

Debra Satz plans to spend the year developing two projects. The first is a book examining the radical implications, and limits, of equality of opportunity as an ideal. The second — likely a series of papers — will look at the political, ethical and economic case that can be made on behalf of workplace democracy.

Satz is a political philosopher whose work focuses on the ethical dimensions of economic interactions. Her first book, Why Some Things Should Not be for Sale, (Oxford, 2010) argued for the heterogeneous nature of markets, and provided a theory to analyze what she termed “noxious” markets. Recently, she co-authored Economic Analysis, Moral Philosophy and Public Policy (Cambridge, 2017) with Mike McPherson and Dan Hausman.

Satz is the Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Philosophy, and by courtesy, professor of political science at Stanford University, where she recently concluded a seven-year stint as the senior associate dean of humanities and arts. She is also the J. Frederick and Elisabeth Brewer Weintz University Fellow in Undergraduate Education. Satz holds a BA from City College of New York and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.