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Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?

Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?

Paperback Farrar, Strauß and Giroux

By (author) Anne T and Robert M Bass Professor of Government Michael J Sandel

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  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 308 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 25mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 17 August 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0374532508
  • ISBN 13: 9780374532505
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 4,106

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"For Michael Sandel, justice is not a spectator sport," "The Nation"'s reviewer of "Justice "remarked. In his acclaimed book--based on his legendary Harvard course--Sandel offers a rare education in thinking through the complicated issues and controversies we face in public life today. It has emerged as a most lucid and engaging guide for those who yearn for a more robust and thoughtful public discourse. "In terms we can all understand," wrote Jonathan Rauch in "The New York Times," "Justice ""confronts us with the concepts that lurk . . . beneath our conflicts." Affirmative action, same-sex marriage, physician-assisted suicide, abortion, national service, the moral limits of markets--Sandel relates the big questions of political philosophy to the most vexing issues of the day, and shows how a surer grasp of philosophy can help us make sense of politics, morality, and our own convictions as well. "Justice "is lively, thought-provoking, and wise--an essential new addition to the small shelf of books that speak convincingly to the hard questions of our civic life.

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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 since 1980. He has taught his undergraduate course "Justice" to more than 15,000 Harvard students over the years, and video footage of the course was adapted into a PBS television series. Sandel graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University and received his doctorate from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He served on the George W. Bush administration's President's Council on Bioethics. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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[Sandel] "The most famous teacher of philosophy in the world [has] shown that it is possible to take philosophy into the public square without insulting the public's intelligence." --Michael Ignatieff, "The New Republic" "Michael Sandel. . . is currently the most effective communicator of ideas in English." --"The Guardian" "This book is absolutely indispensable for anyone who wants to be a good citizen. It shows how to balance competing values, a talent our nation desperately needs nowadays." --Walter Isaacson, author of "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life ""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 ""Sandel explains theories of justice . . . with clarity and immediacy; the ideas of Aristotle, Jeremy Bentham, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, Robert Nozick and John Rawls have rarely, if ever, been set out as accessibly . . . In terms we can all understand, "Justice" confronts us with the concepts that lurk, so often unacknowledged, beneath our conflicts."" --"Jonathan Rauch, "The New York Times""Sandel dazzles in this sweeping survey of hot topics . . . Erudite, conversational and deeply humane, this is truly transformative reading." "--Publishers Weekly, starred review""A spellbinding philosopher . . . For Michael Sandel, justice is not a spectator sport . . . He is calling for nothing less than a reinvigoration of citizenship." "--"Samuel Moyn, "The Nation""Michael Sandel, perhaps the most prominent college professor in America, . . . practices the best kind of academic populism, managing to simplify John Stuart Mill and John Rawls without being simplistic. But Sandel is best at what he calls bringing 'moral clarity to the alternatives we confront as democratic citizens' . . . He ends up clarifying a b