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Justice

What's the Right Thing to Do?

Michael Sandel, read by the author

Macmillan Audio

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 heart of Justice, in which Michael J. Sandel shows how a surer grasp of philosophy can help us to make sense of politics, morality, and our own convictions as well.

Sandel’s legendary 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. In the fall of 2009, PBS will air a series based on the course.

Justice offers listeners the same exhilarating journey that captivates Harvard students—the challenge of thinking our way through the hard moral challenges we confront as citizens. It is a searching, lyrical exploration of the meaning of justice, an audiobook that invites readers of all political persuasions to consider familiar controversies in fresh and illuminating ways. Affirmative action, same-sex marriage, physician-assisted suicide, abortion, national service, the moral limits of markets, patriotism and dissent—Sandel shows how even the most hotly contested issues can be illuminated by reasoned moral argument.
 
Justice is lively, thought-provoking, and wise—an essential new addition to the small shelf of books that speak convincingly to the big questions of our civic life.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

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Praise for Justice

"Sandel offers a primer on a number of theories of justice and applies them to questions that are (or have been) the subject of political discourse. Emphasizing the accessibility of the material, Sandel presents summaries of these theories that are clear and easy to understand." - AudioFile

“Sandel maintains a consistently engaging tone, and his probing moral questions about the nature of freedom, choice, truth and the individual are brought down to an accessible and stimulating level.” – Winston-Salem Journal

“This work is an appealing invitation for listeners to use more scrutiny regarding their won actions as well as those of politicians and media personalities. The depth and total absence of righteousness in the author’s writing and vocal tone make this an essential lesson for anyone interested in promoting individual virtue and social justice.” – AudioFile

In the Press

Michael Gerson - Democracy with a dose of moral clarity
Harvard's Michael Sandel brings a welcome moral clarity to the basics of civic life.
- The Wall Street Journal
Book Review - 'Justice - What?s the Right Thing to Do?,' by Michael J. Sandel - Review - NYTimes.com
A professor of government reviews what he has taught in one of the most popular courses at Harvard.
- The New York Times

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Michael Sandel, read by the author

  • Michael J. Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1980. He has taught his undergraduate course “Justice” to more than 15,000 Harvard students over the years, and video footage of the course was 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.
  • Michael J. Sandel © Kiku Adato
    Michael J. Sandel
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What's the Right Thing to Do?

Michael Sandel, read by the author

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