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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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Is Torture Ever Justified?

Is Torture Ever Justified?

Suppose a man has planted a bomb in New York City, and it will explode in twenty-four hours unless the police are able to find it. Should it be legal for the police to use torture to extract information from the suspected bomber?

Separating Law and Morality

Separating Law and Morality

A question to consider as you think about the same-sex marriage debate: is it possible to decide what the law should be without entering into moral and religious controversies about the moral status of homosexuality and the purpose of marriage?

Group Obligations

Group Obligations

Are there obligations of solidarity or membership that claim us for reasons independent of consent?

Golf Cart

Golf Cart

Should the PGA be required to allow Casey Martin to use a golf cart in tournament play?

Based on Merit

Based on Merit

“Jobs, opportunities, and positions of authority should be distributed solely on the basis of merit.” Do you agree?

Inheritance Taxes

Inheritance Taxes

According to philosopher John Rawls, it’s not fair if the children of poor parents have much lower prospects in life than the children of rich parents merely because of the family they were born into; therefore, steep inheritance taxes are justified. Do you agree?

Affirmative Action

Affirmative Action

To what extent is the distinction between “moral desert” and “entitlements to legitimate expectations” at stake in the affirmative action debate?

To Tell the Truth

To Tell the Truth

When is telling the truth the wrong thing to do?

White Lies

White Lies

Is telling a misleading truth morally equivalent to lying?

What is Moral Character?

What is Moral Character?

What is moral character? Is it what you tend to do, or is it your beliefs and your attitudes?