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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.

Now it's your turn to hone your critical-thinking skills and explore the moral decisions we all face in our lives. Check out this short introduction video and begin your journey.

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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  

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 [...]

CCCB: Bioethics – Testing Utilitarianism [video]

bioethics

Is it always right to sacrifice one life to save five? Is morality always about numbers? An excerpt of Sandel’s Harvard Justice lecture, with animation added by Soy Camara (Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona). Watch using the embedded video player above.

BBC: Torture and human dignity – Sandel documentary [video]

Kant portrait

Is torture ever justified? What if innocent lives are at stake? This excerpt from the BBC documentary “Justice: A Citizen’s Guide to the 21st Century” examines the debate between Kantians and utilitarians on human dignity. Watch using the embedded video player above.

Thrown To The Lions

Thrown To The Lions

Consider the example, of the Romans throwing Christians to lions in the Coliseum. If enough cheering spectators derive great pleasure from this violent practice, are there any grounds on which a utilitarian could condemn it?

Episode 01

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If you had to choose between killing one person to save the lives of five others and doing nothing, what would you do?

Episode 02

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Sandel presents some contemporary cases in which cost-benefit analysis is used to put a dollar value on human life.