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The Courier: Michael Sandel to Deliver 2014 Adam Smith Lecture in Kirkcaldy

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The Adam Smith Lecture is an event marked to celebrate the life and work of Scottish moralist and pioneer of political Economy, Adam Smith.  Revered as the “most relevant living philosopher” today, Michael Sandel is set to speak at the Adam Smith Theatre, Tuesday, April 29.  

LiveMint: Balance the Principle of Merit with Inclusiveness

Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard

LiveMint recently interviewed Michael Sandel regarding his belief that we need to find ways to share economic growth amongst the population to ensure everyone has access to basic human necessities. Sandel also discusses the recent actions of India’s political parties and the role students play in India’s society. Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard

Improving Dialogue with Technology [Video]

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As part of Michael Sandel’s tour of Asia, he stopped in Delhi to give a lecture about overcoming societal problems by bridging communication through the use of technology. This lecture was the inaugural lecture in India’s National Innovation Council’s series of public lectures. Sandel notes that projects like the National Knowledge Network can be used [...]

Harvard Gazette: A Class Open to the World

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                    With today’s evolving technology, many things are now possible that weren’t a few years ago. Michael Sandel brings his live classes to the international community through the power of video chat. His moral and political philosophy course Justice, taught within the walls of Sander’s Theatre [...]

PBS Newshour: Betting on Death [Video]

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    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]

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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. [...]

The Korea Times: Sandel Calls for Education for All

The Korea Times

    Education disparities between socioeconomic classes are apparent in any country. From underfunded public school programs to extravagant boarding and private schools for the wealthy, money can be used to buy a better education. Michael Sandel brings up issues of education opportunities at Yonsei Universtiy in South Korea. Read about his interactions with students [...]

Michael Sandel with Tavis Smiley [Video]

Tavis Smiley

Michael Sandel lays out his argument about how moral values are shifting in this day and age where markets are expanding into different realms of peoples’ daily lives. How are these shifts changing how people carry out their lives, and are we allowing money to dictate too much? Tavis Smiley responds to Sandel and asks [...]