Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?

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Penguin Books Limited, 2010 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 320 pages
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Is killing sometimes morally required? Is the free market fair? It is sometimes wrong to tell the truth? What is justice, and what does it mean?

These and other questions are at the heart of Michael Sandel's Justice. Considering the role of justice in our society and our lives, he reveals how an understanding of philosophy can help to make sense of politics, religion, morality - and our own convictions. Breaking down hotly contested issues, from abortion, euthanasia and same-sex marriage, to patriotism, dissent and affirmative action, Sandel shows how the biggest questions in our civiv life can be broken down and illuminated through reasoned debate. Justice promises to take readers - of all ages and political persuasions - on an exhilarating journey to confront controversies in a fresh and enlightening way.

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This book should be required reading for citizens and politicians who tend toward blind adoption of political and social theologies, without giving much thought to the moral dilemmas which can arise ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Michael Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at the University of Harvard. Sandel s legendary 'Justice' course is one of the most popular and influential at Harvard with up to a thousand students enrolling every year. In 2007, Harvard made Sandel s course available to alumni around the world through webstreaming and podcasting.Over 5,000 participants signed up for Justice Online, and Harvard Clubs from Mexico to Australia organized local discussion groups in connection with the course. Michael Sandel has lectured widely in Europe, China, India, Australia and North America. In May 2007 he delivered a series of lectures at major universities in China and he has been a visiting professor at the Sorbonne, Paris. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations. Sandel is the author of many books and has previously written for the Atlantic Monthly, the New Republic and the New York Times. He will be delivering the 2009 Reith Lectures for the BBC.

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