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Justice with Michael Sandel

Welcome to Justice!

Justice is one of the most popular courses in Harvard's history, and has captivated more than 14,000 students.

Now it's your turn to hone your critical-thinking skills and explore the moral decisions we all face in our lives. Check out this short introduction video and begin your journey.

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About the Course

JUSTICE is the first Harvard course to be made freely available online and on public television. Nearly a thousand students pack Harvard’s historic Sanders Theatre to hear Michael Sandel, “perhaps the most prominent college professor in America,” (Washington Post) talk about justice, equality, democracy, and citizenship.

Now it’s your turn to take the same journey in moral reflection that has captivated more than 15,000 students, as Harvard opens its classroom to the world.

In this 12-part series, Sandel challenges us with hard moral dilemmas and invites us to ponder the right thing to do—in politics and in our everyday lives.

“A spellbinding philosopher takes the stage before a rapt crowd of Harvard students, and soon enough the cavernous space becomes a classroom where Aristotle, Jeremy Bentham, Immanuel Kant and John Rawls are summoned to have their say on the enduring questions. What is the good life? Is pleasure the highest end? ….That Sandel has managed to elevate the conversation is a miraculous accomplishment.”— The Nation

Watch the videos of Sandel’s lectures, and see his students grapple with famous thinkers of the past, and some of the most hotly contested issues of our time: Is it just to tax the rich to help the poor? Should race and ethnicity be factors in college admissions? Should states recognize same-sex marriage? What do we owe one another as citizens?

Then, visit the community of viewers around the world, and join the discussion.

To get you started, here are two video introductions to the course:

Michael Sandel's 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: bank bailouts, equality and inequality, taxes, immigration, affirmative action, the role of markets, national service, same-sex marriage, the place of religion in politics, and the ethical questions we confront in our everyday lives.

The book can be found here: Paperback / Hardcover / Audio CD / Audiobook [iTunes]