Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?
"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 course--Sandel offers a rare education in thinking through the complicated issues and controversies we face in public life today. It has emerged as a most lucid and engaging guide for those who yearn for a more robust and thoughtful public discourse. "In terms we can all understand," wrote Jonathan Rauch in The New York Times, Justice "confronts us with the concepts that lurk . . . beneath our conflicts."
Affirmative action, same-sex marriage, physician-assisted suicide, abortion, national service, the moral limits of markets--Sandel relates the big questions of political philosophy to the most vexing issues of the day, and shows how a surer grasp of philosophy can help us make sense of politics, morality, and our own convictions as well.
Justice is lively, thought-provoking, and wise--an essential new addition to the small shelf of books that speak convincingly to the hard questions of our civic life.
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Review: Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?User Review - Jan Rice - Goodreads
On Plato's cave: ...He's right, I think, but only in part. The claims of the cave must be given their due. If moral reflection is dialectical--if it moves back and forth between the judgments we make ... Read full review
Review: Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?User Review - Goodreads
The author has been building this argument for 30 years and it is evident in his reasoning. He does not try to tell what is right or wrong but rather how we should distinguish the difference. Exposing ... Read full review
1 DOING THE RIGHT THING
2 THE GREATEST HAPPINESS PRINCIPLE UTILITARIANISM
3 DO WE OWN OURSELVES? LIBERTARIANISM
4 HIRED HELP MARKETS AND MORALS
5 WHAT MATTERS IS THE MOTIVE
6 THE CASE FOR EQUALITY
7 ARGUING AFFIRMATIVE ACTION