Debra Satz

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Debra Satz
Era Contemporary philosophy
Region American philosophy
Main interests

Political philosophy
Philosophy of social science
Philosophy of economics
Philosophy of education
Feminist philosophy
Freedom of speech
Global justice
Ethics and International relations
Ethical Limits of Markets

Debra Satz is an American philosopher at Stanford University. She is the Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society, Professor of Philosophy and Political Science. She is the Director of Stanford's Center on Ethics. She teaches courses in ethics, social and political philosophy, and philosophy of social science.

Her research has focused on the ethical limits of markets, the place of equality in political philosophy, theories of rational choice, democratic theory, feminist philosophy, and issues of international justice. She has had literature published in Philosophy and Public Affairs, Ethics, The Journal of Philosophy, and World Bank Economic Review.

Satz received the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching, Stanford’s highest teaching award, in 2004. The award cited her "extraordinary teaching that combines rigorous thought with serious engagement in the moral dilemmas facing humanity." She also co-founded and teaches in the Hope House Scholars Program, through which incarcerated women and volunteer faculty examine personal experience in the context of ethics, moral philosophy and social justice. Satz is now the Senior Associate Dean for the Humanities and the Arts.


  • Why Some Things Should Not Be for Sale: The Limits of Markets. Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • Equality in Education and Weighted Student Funding ,Education, Finance and Policy, 2008.
  • Equality, Adequacy and Education for Citizenship , Ethics, July 2007.
  • Countering the Wrongs of the Past: the Role of Compensation, ed. Jon Miller and Rahul Kumar, Reparations: Interdisciplinary Inquiries. Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • Liberalism, Economic Freedom and the Limits of Markets, Social Philosophy and Policy, 2006.
  • World Poverty and Human Wrongs, Ethics and International Affairs, vol. 19, no. 1, Spring 2005.
  • Feminist Perspectives on Reproduction and the Family, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2004.
  • Child Labor: A Normative Perspective, World Bank Economic Review, 17 (2), 2003.

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