Liberty, market and morality

Main researcher: Martin Brabec, PhD.
Institute of Philosophy

Research activity will focus on the relationship between market and morality. The market has become a global phenomenon, affecting all areas of human life. However, it increasingly affects people’s lives even at the local level, where they used to follow local social and ethical norms and values. Due to the interconnection of these two levels, the research activity is part of the project “Global Conflicts and Local Interactions“. In today’s modern society, the market is a key mechanism for resource allocation. Proponents emphasize that through the market, people are informed about their needs and receive rewards for their activities, which allows for a relatively effective coordination of the economic area of ​​society. At the same time, however, they overlook the fact that nowadays market relations are significantly penetrating even areas where they were not present before. In this context, we would like to focus on several important questions in our research project, which can be described as follows: Where are the moral limits of the market, where is the line between where the market serves well and where the market should be, and for what moral reasons should he no longer intervene ?; Is there a tension between moral conduct and market conduct, and to what extent do market relations displace the ethical imperatives of human behavior? In addition to this descriptive-explanatory and normative analysis of the issue, however, the research activity will also present a practical and today very current tool that could address the tense relationship between the market and morality – i.e. the unconditional basic income. The activity will also focus on public presentations of field research.