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Justice with Michael Sandel

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

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HUBWeek: Fenway Forum

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On Sunday, October 4, Professor Michael Sandel will hold a master class at the home of the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park. Professor Sandel will lead an all-star panel of authors, entertainers, artists, and other public figures in a lively discussion that asks hard hitting ethical questions.

MarketWatch: Capitalism is Killing America’s Morals

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In this op-ed piece, Paul B. Farell takes on Professor Sandel’s theories on how capitalism is affecting modern morality and fueling inequality.

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.

Fife Today: “Is there anything that money can’t buy…?”

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At Michael Sandel’s 2014 Adam Smith Lecture in Kirkcaldy, he shared his views and philosophies based on his book What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets in front of a captivated audience. Photo Courtesy of Fife Photo Agency  

Project Syndicate: Year in Review 2012

Project Syndicate

                              In Project Syndicate’s year end review, economists, philosophers, intellectual, public leaders, and more provided a reflection of the year 2012, and the state of society. Their writings and analyses not only provide a critical look into the world today, but [...]

PBS Newshour: Betting on Death [Video]

Dice and Poker Chips

    Death is a sensitive topic, especially when insurance money is taken into account. In a sense, the insurance game places bets on when people will die and tries to profit from these gambles. Michael Sandel discusses with PBS Newshour the morality of secondary markets for life insurance. What is your opinion? Watch the [...]

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, [...]

St. Paul’s Institute: Join the Debate [Video]

St. Paul's Institute

Michael Sandel discusses issues of money and morality at St. Paul’s Institute. Although the discussion only lasted for 90 minutes, the debate does not cease. Join this important debate about the limits of markets and voice your opinion.   Watch using the embedded video player above.

Boston Review: How Markets Crowd Out Morals [Forum]

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    Michael Sandel explains in his book, What Money Can’t Buy, how the markets have made commodities out of almost everything. He explains his reasoning in his lead essay How Markets Crowd Out Morals on the Boston Review. His argument generates discussion and gives readers food for thought about how they feel about these issues. [...]