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Justice with Michael Sandel

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Featured Discussions

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 [...]

What Can't Money Buy?

What Can’t Money Buy?

Are there things that money shouldn’t be able to buy? What are they?

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?

Group Obligations

Group Obligations

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

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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?

Take from the Rich, Give to the Poor

Take from the Rich, Give to the Poor

According to philosopher Robert Nozick, when the government takes even a dollar from Bill Gates, a billionaire, and gives it to a poor person, it is like forcing Gates to work for the poor person. Is Nozick right to think that redistributive taxation is like forced labor? Should there be no redistributive taxation whatsoever?

Thrown To The Lions

Thrown To The Lions

Consider the example, of the Romans throwing Christians to lions in the Coliseum. If enough cheering spectators derive great pleasure from this violent practice, are there any grounds on which a utilitarian could condemn it?

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?

White Lies

White Lies

Is telling a misleading truth morally equivalent to lying?

Unalienable Rights

Unalienable Rights

Philosopher John Locke believes that your “unalienable right” to liberty does not include the right to kill yourself. Is he right? What does your liberty entitle you to do with yourself? Where do the limits come from?

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?