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Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 12:00pm

 

Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?

by Michael J. Sandel

 

Justice

Author Michael J. Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University. Among the many courses he has taught since 1980 is the phenomenally popular undergraduate course on moral and political philosophy titled simply, “Justice.” This popular course is the first Harvard course to be made freely available on the internet and through PBS. Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? is a bestselling book based on his Harvard course that distills his lectures into eminently readable chapters. Covering a multitude of political and ethical issues we encounter throughout our lives such as: taxes, equality and inequality, same-sex marriage, bank bailouts, the role of markets, the place of religion in politics, among many others. Striking a firm middle-of-the-road rational perspective there is plenty here for everyone to ponder and digest. No matter your political leanings, Sandel will have you questioning why you believe what you do. “Sandel dazzles in this sweeping survey of hot topics…. Erudite, conversational and deeply humane, this is truly transformative reading.”  –Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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