Michael J. Sandel (born March 5, 1953) is an American political philosopher and a professor at Harvard University. He is best known for the Harvard course 'Justice' which is available to view online, and for his critique of Rawls' Theory of Justice in his Liberalism and the Limits of Justice (1982).(Wiki)

Course Description


Justice is one of the most popular courses in Harvard’s history, having taught more than 14,000 students over the course of two decades.

In this course, Sandel challenges us with difficult moral dilemmas and asks our opinion about the right thing to do. He then asks us to examine our answers in the light of new scenarios. The results are often surprising, revealing that important moral questions are never black and white.

This course also addresses the hot topics of our day—affirmative action, same-sex marriage, patriotism and rights—and Sandel shows us that we can revisit familiar controversies with a fresh perspective.

Each lecture in this course has two parts as well as related readings and discussion guides.

  1. The Morality of Murder
  2. How Much is a Life Worth?
  3. Redistributive Taxation and Progressive Taxation - Freedom to Choose
  4. Natural Rights and Giving Them Up
  5. Avoiding the Draft and Avoiding Parenthood
  6. Motives and Morality
  7. Lying and Principles
  8. What's Fair and Deserved?
  9. Affirmative Action and Purpose
  10. The Good Citizen and the Freedom to Choose
  11. Obligations and Loyalties
  12. Same Sex Marriage

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