What’s the Right Thing to Do?
Michael J. Sandel
“Reading Justice by Michael Sandel is an intoxicating
invitation to take apart and examine how we arrive at our notions of right and wrong.” —Karen R. Long, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
This book is an exploration of the meaning of justice, one that invites readers of all political persuasions to consider familiar controversies in fresh and illuminating ways. Affirmative action, same-sex marriage, physician-assisted suicide, abortion, national service, patriotism and dissent, the moral limits of markets—Michael J. Sandel dramatizes the challenge of thinking through these conflicts, and shows how a surer grasp of philosophy can help us make sense of politics, morality, and our own convictions as well.
Sandel’s “Justice” course is one of the most popular and influential at Harvard. Up to a thousand students pack the campus theater to hear Sandel relate the big questions of political philosophy to the most vexing issues of the day. Justice offers readers the same journey that captivates Harvard students. “More than exhilarating; exciting in its ability to persuade this student/reader, time and again, that the principle now being invoked—on this page, in this chapter—is the one to deliver the sufficiently inclusive guide to the making of a decent life.”—Vivian Gornick, Boston Review
Michael J. Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University. His work has been the subject of television series on PBS and the BBC.
Justice has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:
Brigham Young University (UT); Case Western Reserve University (OH); Culver-Stockton College (MO); Kennesaw State University (GA); Sacred Heart University (CT); St. John’s University (NY); University of Cincinnati
Beyond the Book
To supplement the text, Harvard University and WGBH Boston have produced and published a Justice video series that takes students directly into Professor Sandel’s lecture hall. Watch the 12-episode series, participate in community discussions, and access additional resources at justiceharvard.org. Here’s a preview: