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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 political philosophy since 1980.
His popular book, Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?, a New York Times best seller, relates the big questions of political philosophy to the most vexing issues of our time.
He is better known in the UK as the ‘public philosopher’ and has enjoyed great success with series on Radio 4 and television. In the latter he engages a studio audience in debate by challenging them about the basis of their views on everyday themes, such as, is it worth paying a premiere league footballer more than a care worker? Is murder ever justified?
Rather than attempt to select individual debates or talks, I have enclosed a ‘TED’ Talk from 2010 in California where he discusses the quality of political debate and a link to his ‘Justice’ website where you can find a set of 12 lectures he gave to students at Harvard concerning the theme of ‘Justice’ and the various political philosophers that have commented and hypothesized.
The talks are immensely engaging as he presents everyday situations with a ‘what would you do?’ style question.