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Justice with Michael Sandel

Welcome to Justice!

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

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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 [...]

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?

Majority Rules

Majority Rules

John Locke believes that government, once it is set up, should be guided by the principle of majority rule. However, he also believes that the purpose of government is to protect people’s rights, including their “unalienable” right to property. What if these two goals conflict? What if a poor majority wants to tax a rich [...]

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?

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?