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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,737 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sebastian Faulks, Michael J. Sandel Narrator: Julian Rhind-Tutt, Michael J. Sandel Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781427209221
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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?

These questions are at the core of our public life today—and at the heart of Justice, in which Michael J. Sandel shows how a surer grasp of philosophy can help us to make sense of politics, morality, and our own convictions as well.

Sandel's legendary 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. In the fall of 2009, PBS will air a series based on the course.

Justice offers listeners the same exhilarating journey that captivates Harvard students—the challenge of thinking our way through the hard moral challenges we confront as citizens. It is a searching, lyrical exploration of the meaning of justice, an audiobook 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, the moral limits of markets, patriotism and dissent—Sandel shows how even the most hotly contested issues can be illuminated by reasoned moral argument.

Justice is lively, thought-provoking, and wise—an essential new addition to the small shelf of books that speak convincingly to the big questions of our civic life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sandel offers a primer on a number of theories of justice and applies them to questions that are (or have been) the subject of political discourse. Emphasizing the accessibility of the material, Sandel presents summaries of these theories that are clear and easy to understand. AudioFile

  • Sandel maintains a consistently engaging tone, and his probing moral questions about the nature of freedom, choice, truth and the individual are brought down to an accessible and stimulating level. Winston-Salem Journal
  • This work is an appealing invitation for listeners to use more scrutiny regarding their won actions as well as those of politicians and media personalities. The depth and total absence of righteousness in the author's writing and vocal tone make this an essential lesson for anyone interested in promoting individual virtue and social justice. AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbm1020 | 2/13/2014

    " This is a good book. It is short and easy to read. Sandel details the reasoning behind several theories of justice, in normal English, and then states his own position without getting all high and mighty about it. He speaks to some very basic human values. I recommend it very highly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vbm95u | 2/4/2014

    " An excellent lay introduction to contemporary debates about justice. Sandel does a fabulous job of presenting dry philosophical ideas in an articulate, engaging manner ideal for undergraduates and readers curious about the deeper issues that inform current moral and political debates. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 1/22/2014

    " Modern-day philosophy, with a liberal bent, but ultimately concluding that your can't use philosophy alone to prove what a just society is. Why? Because community (family, local, religious, etc.) matters. I liked this quite a bit, although his dismissal of utilitarianism was a little too facile, I thought. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhesa | 1/20/2014

    " Putting philosophy of moral into the heart of public hottest issues, educational & enlightening. I bought this book in Narita Airport 1hr before departure as a 7 hour flight companion, what a purchase!. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Doyle | 1/16/2014

    " Clear, succinct overview of philosophical traditions underlying western political thought and notions of justice. Most interesting material to me was a persuasive case that progressives' tendency not to engage in policy debates on moral terms is misguided. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naresh | 1/13/2014

    " I remember I'd barrowed this book from my best bud and read it in two sittings! No bragging,it is simply incredible. Michael Sandel is god when it comes to political philosophy. I am intrigued with his impeccable coherent thoughts. I definitely think this book has to be an epitome when it comes to morality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phoebems | 1/11/2014

    " Read in tandem with watching the course online. Thought provoking, but felt like same old, same old after a while... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaeley Scruggs | 12/6/2013

    " Really wise and very informative. There isn't much of a plot so just read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 11/18/2013

    " If you took the online classes, there isn't any new material here, but it is nice to see some of these philosopher's names and terms written down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jinnie | 11/7/2013

    " Harvard political philosophy professor Michael Sandel's book on the history and theories of various political philosophies. Like taking a Harvard class--great information and presentation! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Spieges | 11/5/2013

    " Interesting read about decision making and fairness/justice. It does get a big bogged down in the middle, but all in all, a very thought-provoking book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 10/23/2013

    " Very interesting book. I liked the way he presented scenarios and related them to various theories of justice and morality. Learned a lot although got a bit lost toward the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Tan | 1/27/2013

    " A book that really got me thinking. Love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 11/21/2012

    " This book is fantastic. Whether you're a staunch Marxist, a follower of Rand, or somewhere in between, the words contained herein will challenge your beliefs and force you to analyze why you believe what you do. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Diane | 8/11/2012

    " This book contained too many real life stories that actually turned my stomach. I put it down pretty quickly. Yuck! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whitney | 8/1/2012

    " Loved it. Not only did it provide an easy to understand summary of the most prominent theories on justice, it also asked and answered almost every objection I had and some I never would have thought of. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corbrett | 6/11/2012

    " A great book and well worth the read. A great discussion about social justice from a variety of perspectives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sannie Hald | 11/25/2011

    " Just read a few samples of the book.. I need to buy the whole thing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 8/7/2011

    " Amazing book on ethics that is readable. Professor has online lectures at Harvard that actually go with the the book and enhance it with student comment/questions. The decision making is all yours - no judgements made. Quite a mind-expanding read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannie | 5/22/2011

    " This read like a college text to me, so it was a strain on my weakened brain cells, but interesting nonetheless. It is a call for a better way to do politics and a provides a framework for a just society. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 5/3/2011

    " Some interesting chapters and definitely thought-provoking, but reads like a textbook in some parts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Skip | 3/3/2011

    " compelling ideas presented as a logical and chronological progression. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/19/2011

    " This book is based on a class offered by Harvard government professor Michael Sandel. I heard him talking on NPR and it seems like a really great way to have intelligent debate about emotional topics. I think I'm going to buy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 1/12/2011

    " Outstanding treatment of where our ideas about justice come from. Both a review of the philosophical treatment of the topic, and Sandel's own, gentle, suggestions about what he thinks works best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 1/11/2011

    " This was required reading in an Ethics & Legal issues in Arts Policy course, but I always enjoyed reading it and read assigned chapters from this book before reading our other sources. Sandel writes clearly and persuasively, with a genuine and thoughtful voice. "

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About the Author
Author Sebastian Faulks

Sebastian Faulks’ six previous novels include Birdsong (1993), Charlotte Gray (2000), The Girl at the Lion d’Or (1989), and On Green Dolphin Street (2001). He is also the author of a biographical study, The Fatal Englishman (1996). He lives in London, is married, and has two sons and a daughter.

About the Narrators

Julian Rhind-Tutt is an actor and voice artist. His audiobook narrations have earned five AudioFile Earphones Awards, and he has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His film appearances include roles in The Madness of King George, The Saint, Les Misérables, Notting Hill, and Tomorrow Never Dies, while his television credits include Reckless, Dangerfield, and Richard II. His stage work includes Editing Process, The Way of the World, Catherine Howard, and as the Duke of York in The Madness of George III. He is also the recipient of the Carlton Hobbs Award from BBC Radio.

Michael Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at the University of Harvard. He has lectured widely in Europe, China, Japan, India, Australia, and North America. He has been a visiting professor at the Sorbonne, Paris, and delivered the Tanner Lectures at Oxford. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is the author of many books and has previously written for the Atlantic Monthly, the New Republic and the New York Times.