Thursday, February 25, 2010

Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?

Socratic. After reading Michael Sandel’s Justice: What’s the Right Thing To Do?, I found it easy to understand why his Harvard class is so popular. Sandel makes philosophy feel alive as he poses tough questions about who we are as individuals and within a society and who we strive to be. This is not a finger-pointing presentation of moral philosophy; it’s a challenging presentation of questions that we ask ourselves and how others have answered them, leaving gaps and consequences. Many of our current political conflicts relate to matters of virtue and the common good: financial bailouts, taxation, health care, war, national defense. Using Sandel’s questions as a guide, we can explore the ways in which we formulate answers both as individuals and within a society.

Rating: Four-star (Highly Recommended)
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