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The Ethics of Competition

How a Competitive Society is Good for All

Christoph Lütge

The concept of competition is frequently regarded with ambivalence. While its champions wholeheartedly endorse it for reasons of efficiency, critics believe competition undermines ethics. They denounce competitive thinking, call for modesty in profit-making, and rail against economisation. However, Christoph Lütge argues convincingly that intensified competition can work in favour of ethical goals, and that many criticisms of competition stem from an inadequate understanding of how modern societies and economies function. The author illustrates his view with examples from ecology, healthcare and education, and concludes with a call for more entrepreneurial spirit.
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Chapter 8: Competition in our daily lives

Christoph Lütge

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This chapter looks at the way in which we deal with ideas of competition in the private sphere. My concern here is with the mechanisms anchored in our everyday thinking that leads us to repeatedly reject competition and other economic processes. The chapter ends with a call for more entrepreneurship on all levels of society.

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