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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?

Photo Courtesy of Radio Times

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

The Guardian: The More Things Money Can Buy, the Harder it is to be Poor

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In a brief video, Professor Michael Sandel speaks to The Guardian about inequality in care and education due to the lack of resources and money available to those in need.

The Guardian: Michael Sandel Webchat October 24, 2014

Michael Sandel

Michael Sandel is joining The Guardian for a webchat on Friday, October 24, 2014, at 11:45am BST. If you’ve ever wanted to follow up on one of Professor Sandel’s points or philosophies or ask him a question in general, please submit your questions to The Guardian.   Photo Courtesy of The Guardian/Jared Leeds PR  

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?