What's the Right Thing to Do?
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
On Sale: September 15, 2009
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What are our obligations to others as people in a free
society? Should government tax the rich to help the poor? Is
the free market fair? Is it sometimes wrong to tell the
truth? Is killing sometimes morally required? Is it
possible, or desirable, to legislate morality? Do individual
rights and the common good conflict?
Michael J. SandelĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“JusticeĂ˘â‚¬Âť course is one of the most
popular and influential at Harvard. Up to a thousand
students pack the campus theater to hear Sandel relate the
big questions of political philosophy to the most vexing
issues of the day, and this fall, public television will air
a series based on the course. Justice offers readers the
same exhilarating journey that captivates Harvard students.
This book is a searching, lyrical exploration of the meaning
of justice, one that invites readers of all political
persuasions to consider familiar controversies in fresh and
illuminating ways. Affirmative action, same-sex marriage,
physician-assisted suicide, abortion, national service,
patriotism and dissent, the moral limits of marketsĂ˘â‚¬â€ťSandel
dramatizes the challenge of thinking through these con?icts,
and shows how a surer grasp of philosophy can help us make
sense of politics, morality, and our own convictions as
well. Justice is lively, thought-provoking, and wiseĂ˘â‚¬â€ťan
essential new addition to the small shelf of books that
speak convincingly to the hard questions of our civic life.
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