Michael J. Sandel's "Justice" course is one of the most popular and influential at Harvard. Up to a thousand students pack the campus theater to hear Sandel relate the big questions of political philosophy to the most vexing issues of the day, and this fall, public television will. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Starred Review. Harvard government professor Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? - Kindle eBook features. Considering the role of justice in our society and our lives, he reveals how an understanding of philosophy can help to make sense of politics, religion, morality .
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Would we push a hefty man onto a railroad track to save the lives of five others? Should Petty Officer 1st Class Marcus Luttrell, in June of , have executed a group of Afghan goatherds who, having stumbled on his position, might inform the enemy about his unit? Luttrell let them go, the Taliban attacked, and three of his comrades died. These examples and others -- price-gouging after Hurricane Katrina, affirmative action, gay marriage -- are all grist for the teaching of Michael Sandel, perhaps the most prominent college professor in America.
His popular class at Harvard -- Moral Reasoning Justice -- attracts about a sixth of all undergraduates. For those seeking a short course through moral philosophy from a witty writer, fast on his feet, and nimble with his pen, this thin volume is difficult to beat -- Kevin J.
Harvard government professor Sandel Public Philosophy dazzles in this sweeping survey of hot topics—the recent government bailouts, the draft, surrogate pregnancies, same-sex marriage, immigration reform and reparations for slavery—that situates various sides in the debates in the context of timeless philosophical questions and movements.
Sandel takes utilitarianism, Kant's categorical imperative and Rawls's theory of justice out of the classroom, dusts them off and reveals how crucial these theories have been in the construction of Western societies—and how they inform almost every issue at the center of our modern-day polis. The content is dense but elegantly presented, and Sandel has a rare gift for making complex issues comprehensible, even entertaining see his sections entitled Shakespeare versus the Simpsons and What Ethics Can Learn from Jack Benny and Miss Manners , without compromising their gravity.
With exegeses of Winnie the Pooh , transcripts of Bill Clinton's impeachment hearing and the works of almost every major political philosopher, Sandel reveals how even our most knee-jerk responses bespeak our personal conceptions of the rights and obligations of the individual and society at large.
Erudite, conversational and deeply humane, this is truly transformative reading.
All rights reserved. Sandel, a Harvard law professor, effortlessly integrates common concerns of individuals with topics as varied as abortion, affirmative action, and family loyalties within the modern theories and perspectives on freedom.
He reviews philosophical thought from the ancient to more modern political philosophers, including Immanuel Kant and John Rawls. Sandel critiques three ways of thinking about justice: Although the last is generally associated with the cultural and political Right, he exposes connections across political lines.
Sandel reveals how perspectives on justice are connected to a deeper and reasoned analysis, a moral engagement in politics, and a counterintuitive conclusion in modern politics.
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If you're not familiar with a lot of the basic philosophical theories that are referenced in socio-political discussions Kant, Utilitarianism, Aristotle, etc. I found that Sandel repeats himself frequently, and uses a lot of short stories to explain a concept. It felt more circular and kind of energy-draining to try and find out the point he was trying to make.
Additionally, he doesn't go into any real depth with the theories, just mentions a few basic points and then goes right into another hypothetical. Superb intro to moral philosophy.
Paperback Verified download. ScienceThrillers Review: There was something special about that class: Sandel was accomplishing what all educators wish they could. He was lighting a fire. Now, years later, Professor Sandel has written a book based on the content of that course which has now become famous beyond the ivy walls.
Which means I had a second chance to be his student. Or third chance, if you consider I rejected the idea of enrolling in the online edX version of Justice as too onerous.
No one would describe Justice as a beach read, but I did read it on vacation, an advantage that allowed me to focus more fully and not abandon the book for too-long intervals.
It is a page-turner in its own way. First, he streamlines the key arguments and perspectives of a select group of great moral philosophers. Second, he uses real-world anecdotes to illustrate the application of the various philosophies, and equally important, he explains the intellectual challenges made to each. Moral issues used in the book include the famous runaway trolley problem, outrage over the bailout, exploding gas tanks in Ford Pintos, a consensual cannibalism case from Germany, the voluntary military, surrogate pregnancy, selling kidneys, Bill Clinton and Monica, affirmative action, reparations, evacuating Ethiopian Jews, downloading American, and much more.
In each case, although Sandel is clearly a contemporary American liberal, he avoids taking a decisive stand but works through the logical conclusion of the relevant moral philosophy. Once you wrap your head around it, you realize that he is advocating for a revolutionary re-thinking of the moral neutrality which has been the unwritten goal of justice in America for some decades. Reviews User-contributed reviews Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers.
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