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Considering the role of justice in our society and our lives, Michael Sandel reveals how an understanding of philosophy can help to make sense of politics, religion, morality - and our own convictions. Breaking down hotly contested issues, from abortion, euthanasia and same-sex marriage, to patriotism, dissent and affirmative action, Sandel shows how the biggest questions in our civic life can be broken down and illuminated through reasoned debate. Justice promises to take readers of all ages and political persuasions on an exhilarating journey to confront today's political and moral controversies in a fresh and enlightening way.

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Author Michael, Sandel
Book Details
Publisher Penguin Books
Imprint PENGUIN
Publication Year 2010 June
ISBN-13 9780141041339
ISBN-10 0141041331
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 308 Pages
Dimensions
Width 4.92 inch
Height 7.59 inch
Depth 1.14 inch
Weight 227 g
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13 Aug 2012
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The YouTube videos are more lively than this book

There is no doubt that Michael Sandel knows his stuff. He does teach a course on justice at Harvard, after all! But yes, even in his writing, you can pick up a deep understanding of the subject he writes about.

Unfortunately, however, he makes a better teacher in person than a writer. On reading the book, I found it interesting in parts, but mostly rather dry. After reading it, I googled him and watched his course online, and I was riveted, all through.

What the book does manage to do is show you how complex the matter of justice really is, and how your view of what is just actually refle...
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There is no doubt that Michael Sandel knows his stuff. He does teach a course on justice at Harvard, after all! But yes, even in his writing, you can pick up a deep understanding of the subject he writes about.

Unfortunately, however, he makes a better teacher in person than a writer. On reading the book, I found it interesting in parts, but mostly rather dry. After reading it, I googled him and watched his course online, and I was riveted, all through.

What the book does manage to do is show you how complex the matter of justice really is, and how your view of what is just actually refle...
There is no doubt that Michael Sandel knows his stuff. He does teach a course on justice at Harvard, after all! But yes, even in his writing, you can pick up a deep understanding of the subject he writes about.

Unfortunately, however, he makes a better teacher in person than a writer. On reading the book, I found it interesting in parts, but mostly rather dry. After reading it, I googled him and watched his course online, and I was riveted, all through.

What the book does manage to do is show you how complex the matter of justice really is, and how your view of what is just actually reflects the underlying philosophy that helped you make that decision. And there are multiple philosophies, leading to multiple perspectives.

I would, however, suggest viewing the course online instead of reading the book.

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Philosophy for the Masses

In his book Michael Sandel deals with misc contemporary issues that affect our daily social and political lives. He intrigues us with the philosophies of Aristotle,Jeremy Bentham,Immanuel Kant,John Stuart Mill in a simplified manner without diluting the content matter. Through innovative thought experiments Sandel challenges our well established notions of morality and justice on subjects like Bailouts, abortion,same sex marriages,euthanasia,voluntary army,racialism,social security etc. and provokes us to reaffirm them

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One Of The Best Books

I started watching the Justice episodes by Michael Sandel on Youtube and was convinced that i must buy the book. It proved to be a fantastic investment.

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Theory of Justice

Aims to provide a comprehensive theory of justice from Aristotle, Mill, Kant and down to John Rawls in the 20th century. A good read written in a very simple language accessible to the non philosophical public as well.

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Can we be unphilosophical,really?

Modern political systems,and economc and social arrangements, consciously distance themselves from any preoccupation with anything that can be considered moral or philosophical concern. This is the result of the way the Western society has evolved and is now followed by all societies calling themselves modern. But we do have uneasy feeelings over certain events. Is it right for people to profiteer in selling essential commodities following a disaster like a cyclone, in the name of market forces? Is it proper for governments to bail out failing financial institutions using tax payers' money... ()

Modern political systems,and economc and social arrangements, consciously distance themselves from any preoccupation with anything that can be considered moral or philosophical concern. This is the result of the way the Western society has evolved and is now followed by all societies calling themselves modern. But we do have uneasy feeelings over certain events. Is it right for people to profiteer in selling essential commodities following a disaster like a cyclone, in the name of market forces? Is it proper for governments to bail out failing financial institutions using tax payers' money...
Modern political systems,and economc and social arrangements, consciously distance themselves from any preoccupation with anything that can be considered moral or philosophical concern. This is the result of the way the Western society has evolved and is now followed by all societies calling themselves modern. But we do have uneasy feeelings over certain events. Is it right for people to profiteer in selling essential commodities following a disaster like a cyclone, in the name of market forces? Is it proper for governments to bail out failing financial institutions using tax payers' money, when the failure is due to mismanagment or unsound investment decisions? And how do we react when the institutions use the doles to pay bonuses to their executives ? Do we object because the doles represent a reward for greed or failure? Is it right when the military establishment honours war veterans who have been killed or wounded for bravery, while excluding those who have been traumatised, considering it weakness? Is it right for you to hire somebody to fight in your place, when you are requisitioned to fight for your country? ( We learn somewhat with shock, that prominent Americans like Andrew Carnegie and J.P.Morgan and the fathers of presidents Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt as also future Presidents Chester A.Arthur and Grover Cleveland actually did this!)How do we decide such issues?

Prof. Michael Sandel takes many such examples from real life situations and explores what should be the basis of considering the rightness of an action or public activity.The old world believed in 'virtue' ; the modern mantra is freedom. Prof. Sandel traces how the ideas of utilitarianism, liberatarianism ,market economy, equality, etc. have shaped our ideas and attitudes and juxtaposes them with the views of Kant, Plato and Aristotle to point out what is missing in the modern approach. Not that the ideas of utility or freedom are wrong but they are inadequate.

Prof. Sandel leaves no one in doubt where his own sympathies are. Justice is not only about the right way to distribute things but also about the right way to value things. ( This theme is developed more fully in his " What Money Can't Buy" ) We have to recognise the moral weight of the community while conceding human freedom. Freedom of choice or maximising utility alone does not ensure a just society.

There has to be a return to some notion of virtue in the public sphere. But is it role of the government to promote virtue, as the ancient Greeks believed? Prof. Sandel concedes that modern societies which are pluralistic do not agree on notions of morality or religion. Public deliberations about hard moral questions may not necessarily lead to agreement. But is that a reason why we should not even try?

This is a deep and thought-provoking book. Prof. Sandel's course on 'Justice' at Harvard is world renowned and is now available on You Tube. But reading his thoughts in print is a different experience, provoking our own reflection. I can't praise the book enough.

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