Public Philosophy: Essays on Morality in Politics
Harvard University Press, 2005 - Philosophy - 292 pages
In this book, Michael Sandel takes up some of the hotly contested moral and political issues of our time, including affirmative action, assisted suicide, abortion, gay rights, stem cell research, the meaning of toleration and civility, the gap between rich and poor, the role of markets, and the place of religion in public life. He argues that the most prominent ideals in our political life--individual rights and freedom of choice--do not by themselves provide an adequate ethic for a democratic society. Sandel calls for a politics that gives greater emphasis to citizenship, community, and civic virtue, and that grapples more directly with questions of the good life. Liberals often worry that inviting moral and religious argument into the public sphere runs the risk of intolerance and coercion. These essays respond to that concern by showing that substantive moral discourse is not at odds with progressive public purposes, and that a pluralist society need not shrink from engaging the moral and religious convictions that its citizens bring to public life.
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I was first introduced to Michael Sandel a couple of years ago on YouTube while I was looking for a productive way to spend my newly free summer days. His course at Harvard called “Justice” is one of ... Read full review
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Sandel (government, Harvard; Democracy's Discontent ) sets out to explain the importance of civic life to democracy and the role that moral convictions play in our civic identity. He begins by tracing ... Read full review
AMERICAN CIVIC LIFE
Americas Search for a Public Philosophy
Democrats and Community
The Politics of Easy Virtue
The Problem with Civility
ImpeachmentThen and Now
Should Victims Have a Say in Sentencing?
Clinton and Kant on Lying
Is There a Right to Assisted Suicide?
The Moral Logic of Stem Cell Research
Abortion and Homosexuality
LIBERALISM PLURALISM AND COMMUNITY
Morality and the Liberal Ideal
The Procedural Republic and the Unencumbered Self
Robert F Kennedys Promise
MORAL AND POLITICAL ARGUMENTS
Against State Lotteries
Commercials in the Classroom
Branding the Public Realm
Sports and Civic Identity
History for Sale
The Market for Merit
Should We Buy the Right to Pollute?
Honor and Resentment
Arguing Affirmative Action