Workshop "The Challenge of Market Socialism - Challenges to Market Socialism"
20 & 21 February, Frankfurt
Organized by Hannes Kuch (Frankfurt) and Gottfried Schweiger (Salzburg)
Speakers: Stefan Gosepath, Hannes Kuch, Helen McCabe, Mirjam Müller, Christian Neuhäuser, Tully Rector, Alan Thomas, Nicholas Vrousalis and Tilo Wesche
The aim of this workshop is to bring market socialism into the focus of political philosophy and to ask whether a just society requires a form of market socialism as its economic system. We want to bring together scholars who support market socialism with scholars who criticize it. On the one hand, many social-liberal authors claim that less far-reaching alternatives to capitalism would be sufficient to ensure justice. The ambition to build a stable system of market socialism could, it is argued here, even be harmful in this respect. On the other side of the spectrum, it is argued that market socialism does not go far enough because it still leaves (too much) room for the market and its harmful effects. The uncooperative tendencies of competition and the incentive to externalise costs are brought up as points of criticism. These theorists argue for a socialist economic system that replaces the market as a coordination mechanism with a far-reaching democratic control over economic life. From this perspective, market socialism is not socialism at all, but merely a disguised form of capitalism. The central question for all these discussions is how exactly the relationship between economy and justice is understood. Moreover, it is of decisive importance whether and in what respect the market has destabilizing effects on the realization of justice.
Research Project “Economy and Social Freedom” (Goethe-University Frankfurt, funded by the German Research Foundation)
Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders” (Goethe-University Frankfurt