BBC journalist, Justin Webb, recently sat down with Professor Sandel to talk moral dilemmas and Sandel’s new series of programs that will be available on Radio 4. The first program in the “The Public Philosopher” series will deal with the question of whether or not there are any actions or behaviors governments should step in [...]
What is the difference between a market economy and a market society? PBS Newshour and Michael Sandel discuss these differences and why certain market interactions are wrong. In a democratic society, why is it wrong to have buy people to stand in line for you for seats at a congressional hearing? What do you think, [...]
If we all have unalienable rights to life, liberty, and property, how can a government enforce tax laws passed by the representatives of a mere majority?
During the Civil War, men drafted into war had the option paying less privileged citizens to fight in their place. This leads to a debate about war and conscription. Is today’s voluntary army open to the same objection?
We inherit our past, and our identities, from our family, city, or country. What happens if our obligations to our family or community come into conflict with our obligations to humanity?