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A renowned Harvard professor's brilliant, sweeping, inspiring account of the role of justice in our society--and of the moral dilemmas we face as citizens
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. Sandel's "Justice" 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 markets—Sandel 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 wise—an essential new addition to the small shelf of books that speak convincingly to the hard questions of our civic life.
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“More than exhilarating; exciting in its ability to persuade this student/reader, time and again, that the principle now being invoked—on this page, in this chapter—is the one to deliver the sufficiently inclusive guide to the making of a decent life.”— Vivian Gornick, Boston Review
“Sandel explains theories of justice…with clarity and immediacy; the ideas of Aristotle, Jeremy Bentham, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, Robert Nozick and John Rawls have rarely, if ever, been set out as accessibly… In terms we can all understand, ‘Justice’ confronts us with the concepts that lurk, so often unacknowledged, beneath our conflicts.”— Jonathan Rauch, New York Times
“Sandel dazzles in this sweeping survey of hot topics…. Erudite, conversational and deeply humane, this is truly transformative reading.”— Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A spellbinding philosopher…. For Michael Sandel, justice is not a spectator sport…. He is calling for nothing less than a reinvigoration of citizenship.”— Samuel Moyn, The Nation
“Michael Sandel, perhaps the most prominent college professor in America,…practices the best kind of academic populism, managing to simplify John Stuart Mill and John Rawls without being simplistic. But Sandel is best at what he calls bringing ‘moral clarity to the alternatives we confront as democratic citizens’…. He ends up clarifying a basic political divide — not between left and right, but between those who recognize nothing greater than individual rig...
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- ASIN : B002Q7H7L0
- Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st edition (September 15, 2009)
- Publication date : September 15, 2009
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- Best Sellers Rank: #39,894 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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For someone who doesn’t always agree with moral individualists, the author discusses this philosophical tradition in an extremely clear and unbiased way. This makes the force of his communitarian arguments at the end of the book all the stronger. The end will leave you with hope that there is a philosophical foundation for a sorely needed invigoration of American public services and civic life.
If you can only read two books on moral and political philosophy, this and The Righteous Mind are essentially everything you need to know, in my opinion.
I found that Sandel repeats himself frequently, and uses a lot of short stories to explain a concept. It felt more circular and kind of energy-draining to try and find out the point he was trying to make. Additionally, he doesn't go into any real depth with the theories, just mentions a few basic points and then goes right into another hypothetical.
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I like my Kindle and I hate location numbers - part of the reason I chose an e-version of this book was Amazon's claims that it includes actual page numbers. It doesn't and they are not an option.
NOTE: I am wide open to being proven wrong and would welcome it; if anyone replies with a way to see pages, I will take it all back.
Now, years later, Professor Sandel has written a book based on the content of that course which has now become famous beyond the ivy walls. Which means I had a second chance to be his student. (Or third chance, if you consider I rejected the idea of enrolling in the online edX version of Justice as too onerous.)
No one would describe Justice as a beach read, but I did read it on vacation, an advantage that allowed me to focus more fully and not abandon the book for too-long intervals. It is a page-turner in its own way. Sandel’s gift is two-fold. First, he streamlines the key arguments and perspectives of a select group of great moral philosophers. The ideas aren’t dumbed down, but they are artfully reduced to their essence. Second, he uses real-world anecdotes to illustrate the application of the various philosophies, and equally important, he explains the intellectual challenges made to each. (Which allowed me to pretend that’s exactly what I was thinking and I was glad he brought it up.)
Moral issues used in the book include the famous runaway trolley problem, outrage over the bailout, exploding gas tanks in Ford Pintos, a consensual cannibalism case from Germany, the voluntary military, surrogate pregnancy, selling kidneys, Bill Clinton and Monica, affirmative action, reparations, evacuating Ethiopian Jews, buying American, and much more. In each case, although Sandel is clearly a contemporary American liberal, he avoids taking a decisive stand but works through the logical conclusion of the relevant moral philosophy.
Thus about 80% of the book is an engaging, readable distillation of important ideas about justice, society, and morality. In the last 20% or so, Sandel goes beyond teaching and presents his own argument for a new approach to justice in our times. Once you wrap your head around it, you realize that he is advocating for a revolutionary re-thinking of the moral neutrality which has been the unwritten goal of justice in America for some decades. His is a bracing, risky gambit–but once you’ve read the whole book, you’ll see why it may be the only way to save modern politics.
A remarkable, compact book that will stimulate the logic circuits of your brain and leave you pondering Big Questions.
Unusual words: utilitarianism; Jeremy Bentham; John Stuart Mill; libertarianism; universal rights; laissez-faire; pure practical reason; Immanuel Kant; categorical imperative; intelligible realm; John Rawls; moral desert; Aristotle; telos
If you like Justice, you might like:
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt.
When using the street trolly example, he offers the option of throwing an innocent person off the bridge to save six other people. That is murder. Whether or not it saves others is irrelevant after that point. The same is true with price gouging after the hurricane in Florida. Prices go up after natural disasters: Florida has hurricanes, Kansas has tornados, and California has wild fires. Gouging is a perception in many cases. If price gouging is a perception then it is not a Justice question but a logistics one.
Michael J. Sandel has written a decent book on the question of Justice. It is also a good place to start a conversation. But there is a reason why Aristotle, Plato, Hobbes, Machiavelli, and Aquinas are still read today.
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The problem is that on the page it can be really quite dry. There were some sections where my attention started to wander, and it took a quick re-read to make sure I'd actually taken it in. I believe you can still find Sandel's lecture course on justice (on which this book is largely based) on YouTube. There his easy charm and the presence of an engaged and questioning audience of bright young minds really bring this stuff to life. I'd recommend giving that a watch as a companion to this book.
Some authors appear constantly, yet they've never been so clear, such as Kant or Mill's utilitarism.
Equally, some notions, such as justice, fairness, liberty and other similar ones, are explained beautifully and, importantly, in their different meanings throughout history.
A very good book who repays repeated readings.
As another reviewer said, 'Justice' makes us think, and there is no higher praise for any book, of any genre. It is true that its most examples and debates are USA-centred and highly specific to the Americans, but don't let that put you off, the questions this exceptional book poses are universal and so, to the intelligent reader, pretty much everything in here will be highly relevant no matter where we live. And if you're looking to form a well-rounded, informed view of the world we live in, you could do worse than reading also Sandel's What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets and the not at all insignificant Globalization: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Steger.