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For years, students at Harvard have flocked to Michael Sandel’s courses on political philosophy.

Harvard University is making Michael Sandel’s well -loved lecture series on video to anyone who would like to sit in.

Justice is one of the most popular courses in Harvard’s history.  Now its your turn, they say, to take the same journey in moral reflection that has captivated more than 14,000 students as Harvard opens its classroom to the world.

Visit: http://www.justiceharvard.org/ for a preview.

In this twelve part series, Sandel challenges us with difficult moral dilemmas and asks our opinion about the right thing to do.  He then asks us to examine our answers in the light of new scenarios.

The results are often surprising, revealing that important moral questions are never black and white.

The course also addresses the hot topics of our day — affirmative action, same-sex marriage, patriotism and rights — and Sandel shows us that we can revisit familiar controversies with a fresh perspective.

You Can Participate

There is a lot more to Justice beyond the classroom.  Get engaged with features offered with every episode of Justice. 

You can voice your opinion in the polls, take the pop quiz to test your knowledge, dig deeper with in-depth readings, hone arguments with the Discussion Guides.

And continue the classroom discussion online with other viewers around the world.

Or you can start your own Discussion Circle, if your school, church, club, or organization wants to take the course as a group.

Session Topics

  1. The Moral Side of Murder / The Case for Cannibalism 
  2. Putting a Price Tag on Life / How to Measure Pleasure
  3. Free to Choose / Who Owns Me?
  4. This land is My Land / Consenting Adults
  5. Hired Guns? / For Sale: Motherhood
  6. Mind Your Motive / The Supreme Principle of Morality
  7. A Lesson in Lying /A Deal is a Deal
  8. What’s a Fair Start? / What Do We Deserve?
  9. Arguing Affirmative Action / What’s the Purpose?
  10. The Good Citizen / Freedom vs. Fit
  11. The Claims of Community / Where Our Loyalty Lies
  12. Debating Same-Sex Marriage / The Good Life

Michael Sandel

Michael Sandel is the Anne T and Robert M Bass Professor of Government at Harvard, where he has taught political philosophy since 1980.

His books include Democracy’s Discontent, Public Philosophy, Essays on Morality in Politics, The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering.

 His  most recent book is  Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?  (to be published this month; check your local bookstore).

His writings have been translated into eleven foreign languages and have appeared in The Atlantic, The New Republic, and the New York Times.

He has lectured widely in North America, Europe, China, Japan, Korea, India, Australia, and New Zealand on topics including democracy, liberalism, bioethics, globalization, and justice.

He delivered the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Oxford University, was a visiting professor at the Sorbonne, and in 2009 delivered the BBC’s Reith Lectures.  From 2002-2003, Sandel served on the President’s Council on Bioethics

He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He received his doctorate for Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

I was sent to this site by Jon Gordon’s e-newsletter “Future Tense,” a Public Broadcasting venture.  Get the podcast and newsletter and lots of  info about cool video, internet and online music options.  newsletter@americanpublicmedia.org.  

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