"For Michael Sandel, justice is not a spectator sport," The Nation's reviewer of Justice remarked. In his acclaimed book―based on his legendary Harvard. Michael Sandel's graceful and intelligent new book, The Case against Perfection, is an extended effort to diagnose that unease.” —Carl Elliott, The New England. the Right Thing to Do? is a book on political philosophy by Michael J. Sandel. The work was written to accompany Sandel's famous "Justice" course at.

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For Michael Sandel, justice is not a spectator sport “Every once in a while, a book comes along of such grace, power, and wit that it. Justice book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Michael J. Sandel's Justice course is one of the most popular and infl. A Harvard law professor explores the meaning of justice and invites out of this book, since I've already listened to the series of Dr. Sandel's.

Should there be limits to personal freedom? Can killing sometimes be justified? Is the free market fair?

What is the right thing to do? Questions like these are at the heart of our lives.

Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?

In this acclaimed book Michael Sandel - BBC Reith Lecturer and the Harvard professor whose 'Justice' course has become world famous - gives us a lively and accessible introduction to the intersection of politics and philosophy.

He helps us think our way through such hotly contested issues as equal rights, democracy, euthanasia, abortion and same-sex marriage, as well as the ethical dilemmas we face every day.

Michael Sandel transforms moral philosophy by putting it at the heart of civic debate' - New Statesman 'One of the world's most interesting political philosophers' - Guardian 'Spellbinding' - The Nation show more.

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Review quote There have been various attempts over the decades to bury moral philosophy -- to dismiss convictions about right and wrong as cultural prejudices, or secretions of the brain, or matters so personal they shouldn't even affect our private lives.

But moral questions always return, as puzzles and as tragedies.

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.

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His popular class at Harvard -- Moral Reasoning Justice -- attracts about a sixth of all undergraduates. Politicians and commentators tend to ask two questions of policy: Sandel rightly points out the shallowness of that debate and adds a third criterion: Sandel belongs to the tradition, dating back to ancient Greece, which sees moral philosophy as an outgrowth and refinement of civic debate.

Like Aristotle, he seeks to systematize educated common sense, not to replace it with expert knowledge or abstract principles. This accounts for one of the most striking and attractive features of Justice —its use of examples drawn from real legal and political controversies…. Sandel's insistence on the inescapably ethical character of political debate is enormously refreshing.

Galston, Commonweal.

This is enlivening stuff. Sandel is not looking to win an argument; he's looking at how a citizen might best engage the public realm.

Long, Cleveland Plain Dealer. Fundamentalists rush in where liberals fear to tread. Galston — a center-left political theorist and strategist who later served in the Clinton administration — argued, more probingly than Sandel does here, that modern liberalism cannot and should not fix upon neutrality as its pole star.


Sandel explains theories of justice based on utilitarianism minimize social harm , libertarianism maximize personal freedom and communitarianism cultivate civic virtue with clarity and immediacy honed by years of classroom presentation; the ideas of Aristotle, Jeremy Bentham, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, Robert Nozick and John Rawls have rarely, if ever, been set out as accessibly. Tell us what you think.

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By Michael J. Sandel pp.Sandel's legendary 'Justice' course is one of the most popular and influential at Harvard.

Sandel quotes Alasdair MacIntyre and his characterisation of humans as being 'storytelling beings' who live their lives with narrative quests. In debates ranging from affirmative action and surrogate parenting to abortion and same-sex marriage , we must talk, he says, about virtue and desert, not just compassion and choice.

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This dilemma points to one of the great questions of political philosophy: If someone else could order me to work, that person would be my master, and I would be a slave. Is he doing this freely or out of necessity? If you assume that a voluntary exchange makes both parties better off, without harming anyone else, you have a good utilitarian case for letting markets rule. But its weirdness allows us to assess the libertarian logic on its own, unclouded by considerations of dignity and compassion.

The answer is that moral reflection is not a solitary pursuit but a public endeavor.

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