Michael J. Sandel

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Michael J. Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1980. He is the author of many books, including Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?, a New York Times bestseller in hardcover and paperback and a bestseller in translation in Japan and South Korea as well. He has taught his undergraduate course “Justice” to more than 15,000 Harvard students over the years, and video footage of the course were adapted into a PBS television series. Sandel graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University and received his doctorate from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He served on the George W. Bush administration's President's Council on Bioethics. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.



  • An Introduction to Michael Sandel's "Justice" Course

    Professor Michael J. Sandel previews his series and book "Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?", taken from his popular course at Harvard University.

  • Ep. 01 of the Series "Justice"

    Check out the first episode of the twelve-part WGBH and PBS series on Professor Sandel and his legendary course at Harvard.

  • Michael Sandel on Morals and the Market

    Is everything for sale? Should it be? Michael Sandel debates.

  • Justice by Michael J. Sandel--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to this audiobook excerpt and hear Michael J. Sandel read from his book Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? What are our obligations to others as people in a free society? Should government tax the rich to help the poor? Is the free market fair? Is it sometimes wrong to tell the truth? Is killing sometimes morally required? Is it possible, or desirable, to legislate morality? Do individual rights and the common good conflict? These questions are at the core of our public life today—and at the h

  • What Money Can't Buy by Michael J. Sandel--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to this audiobook excerpt and hear Michael J. Sandel read from his book What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets. Sandel takes on one of the biggest ethical questions of our time: Is there something wrong with a world in which everything is for sale? If so, how can we prevent market values from reaching into spheres of life where they don't belong? What are the moral limits of markets? In his New York Times bestseller Justice, Sandel showed himself to be a master at illuminating, with cla





What Money Can't Buy

Michael J. Sandel

A renowned political philosopher rethinks the role that markets and money should play in our societyShould we pay children to read books or to get good grades?...



Michael J. Sandel

“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...