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Justice

Justice

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Paperback
320 pages • $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-374-53250-5

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 © Kiku Adatto

© Kiku Adatto

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:

Atlanta Metropolitan State College (GA); 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

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What Money Can’t Buy

What Money Can't Buy

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Paperback
256 pages • $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-374-53365-6

The Moral Limits of Markets

Michael J. Sandel

“Sandel is just the right person to get to the bottom of the tangle of moral damage that is being done by markets to our values.”—Jeremy Waldron, The New York Review Review of Books

Should we allow corporations to pay for the right to pollute the atmosphere?

Is it ethical to pay people to test risky new drugs or to donate their organs?

What about hiring mercenaries to fight our wars? Auctioning admission to elite universities?

Selling citizenship to immigrants willing to pay?

In What Money Can’t Buy, Michael J. Sandel—“the world’s most relevant living philosopher” (Newsweek)—takes on one of the biggest ethical questions of our time: Is there something wrong with a world in which everything is for sale? If so, how can we prevent market values from reaching into spheres of life where they don’t belong? What are the moral limits of markets? In recent decades, market values have crowded out nonmarket norms in almost every aspect of life—medicine, education, government, law, art, sports, even family life and personal relationships. Without quite realizing it, Sandel argues, we have drifted from having a market economy to being a market society. “There is no more fundamental question we face than how to best preserve the common good and build strong communities that benefit everyone. Sandel’s book is an excellent starting place for that dialogue.”—Kevin J. Hamilton, The Seattle Times

Michael J. Sandel © Kiku Adatto

© Kiku Adatto

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.

What Money Can’t Buy has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Skidmore College (NY); University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; University of Texas at Austin