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GW Hatchet: In lecture on ethics, Harvard professor talks baseball with business students

Photo Courtesy: Nicole Radivilov | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Recently Professor Sandel had the opportunity to speak at George Washington University, lecturing on the dilemma of ethics in a market economy.

BBC News: The Public Philosopher – Why Democracy?

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At British Parliament this week, Professor Sandel presented a special edition of his program “The Public Philosopher” in the Palace of Westminster for BBC Democracy Day asking the question ‘why democracy?’    

Harvard Gazette: Democracy, debated in Parliament

Michael Sandel, Parliament

Professor Sandel led a spirited discussion on the nature and importance of democracy with members of the United Kingdom’s House of Commons and House of Lords, along with students and members of the public.

Harvard Gazette: Making a Case for Democracy

Moral Reasoning 22: Justice with Michael Sandel

Professor Michael Sandel will debate the meaning of democracy at an address to the British Parliament, which is celebrating its 750th anniversary. Sandel will present a special edition of his ongoing “Public Philosopher” as part of the BBC’s Democracy Day.  Photo by Justin Ide, Harvard Gazette

Radio Times: The Public Philosopher: Cultivating the Art of Listening

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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 [...]

PBS Newshour: ‘What Money Can’t Buy’ and What it Shouldn’t Buy [Video]

Michael Sandel PBH

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, [...]

Group Obligations

Group Obligations

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

Episode 04

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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?

Episode 05

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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?

Episode 11

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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?