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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: 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?