Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?

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Macmillan, Aug 17, 2010 - Philosophy - 308 pages
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"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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This COURSE really makes you think about what is JUSTICE. It's certainly not as simple as one assumes. Read it, and watch the seminars on the web as you read. Really very compelling.

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“The way things are does not determine the way they ought to be.” So writes Harvard government and political philosophy professor Michael J. Sandel in this all-encompassing tour through the social, economic and political issues that preoccupy modern society. Seeking to define justice in a just society, Sandel forays into affirmative action, paid militaries, infant surrogacy, free markets and even cannibalism. His reviews of classical and modern philosophies, rightly intended to guide the reader through his exposition, slow down what is otherwise an informative, illuminating and entertaining book. Sandel argues for a “politics of moral engagement” that brings all citizens together in a quest for a just society. getAbstract highly recommends this book to free marketers, libertarians, utilitarians and people of all philosophical and political stripes.
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Contents

1 DOING THE RIGHT THING
3
2 THE GREATEST HAPPINESS PRINCIPLE UTILITARIANISM
31
3 DO WE OWN OURSELVES? LIBERTARIANISM
58
4 HIRED HELP MARKETS AND MORALS
75
5 WHAT MATTERS IS THE MOTIVE
103
6 THE CASE FOR EQUALITY
140
7 ARGUING AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
167
8 WHO DESERVES WHAT?
184
9 WHAT DO WE OWE ONE ANOTHER? DILEMMAS OF LOYALTY
208
10 JUSTICE AND THE COMMON GOOD
244
NOTES
271
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
293
INDEX
295
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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 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.

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