The market of ideas

The US Supreme Court famously coined the expression of a « market of ideas ». But this goes beyond a mere metaphor. It refers to a fundamental human reality which is reflected both in the economic field and in the philosophical thought. In this perspective, it would be worthwhile to use the conceptual tools of market theories in order to interpret the way ideas develop and interact

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Competition is not the monopoly of economists. Ever since the disputes between Socrates and the sophists to conquer the minds of the young men of Athens, it exercises its ambiguous virtues in the most evanescent field of all, that of thought. However, it was not until the day after the First World War that the now common concept of a "market of ideas" developed. It was born under the pen of Justice Oliver Holmes, judge at the Supreme Court of the United States. Russian activists were sentenced to heavy prison terms for distributing leaflets denouncing American capitalism and calling for socialist revolution in the midst of the war. The case was referred

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Gaspard Koenig, The market of ideas, November 2016, Concurrences Nº 4-2016, Art. N° 81712,

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