Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 15 (2) (2019)
AbstractAre there any viable semiotic objections to commodification? A semiotic objection holds that even if there is no independent consequentialist or deontic objection to the marketing of a good—such as that it is exploitative or causes third party harm—there remains a problem with what is said by participating in that market. Recent discussion of semiotic objections have suffered from a basic ambiguity in such talk. As Grice pointed out, there is a difference between saying that smoke on the horizon means fire, and saying that it means there will be war tomorrow. We could say that in the former case smoke indicates fire because of its causal connection with fire, while in the latter case smoke expresses a call to war because that is the non-natural meaning given to it by convention or by its place in a communicative practice. The recent defenses of semiotic objections presented by Anthony Booth, Jacob Sparks, and Mark Wells do not survive this distinction, as they either complain about non-semiotic facts that are indicated rather than expressed by markets, or they complain about semiotic features of markets, but these complaints inevitably collapse into weak consequentialist objections. But this result is not bad for anticommodificationists, as semiotic objections have dialectical disadvantages.
Similar books and articles
Markets without Symbolic Limits.Jason Brennan & Peter Martin Jaworski - 2015 - Ethics 125 (4):1053-1077.
Impure Semiotic Objections to Markets.David G. Dick - 2018 - Public Affairs Quarterly 32 (3):227-246.
Semiotic Arguments and Markets in Votes.James Stacey Taylor - 2017 - Business Ethics Journal Review 5 (6):35-39.
The principle of the topological localization of symbols and the meaning of the ultimate-meaning-a contribution from the human behavioral and social-sciences.Paul F. Dhooghe & Guido Peeters - 1992 - Ultimate Reality and Meaning 15 (4):296-305.
Markets, Interpersonal Practices, and Signal Distortion.Barry Maguire & Brookes Brown - 2019 - Philosophers' Imprint 19.
The Meaning of a Scientific Image: Case Study in Nanoscience a Semiotic Approach. [REVIEW]Catherine Allamel-Raffin - 2011 - NanoEthics 5 (2):165-173.
Klotzes and Glotzes, Semiotics and Embodying Normative Stances.Jason Brennan & Peter Jaworski - 2016 - Business Ethics Journal Review 4 (2):7-13.
A biosemiotic approach to the question of meaning.Jesper Hoffmeyer - 2010 - Zygon 45 (2):367-390.
Trademarks as a System of Signs: A Semiotic Look at Trademark Law.Meghann L. Garrett - 2010 - International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique 23 (1):61-75.
War as an Institutional Fact: Semiotics and Institutional Legal Theory. [REVIEW]Hanneke van Schooten - 2009 - International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique 22 (3):307-320.
The meanings of "meaning" and "meaning": Dimensions of the sciences of mind.Jay L. Garfield - 2000 - Philosophical Psychology 13 (4):421-440.
Added to PP
Historical graph of downloads
References found in this work
Hypocrisy, Moral Address, and the Equal Standing of Persons.R. Jay Wallace - 2010 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 38 (4):307-341.