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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: Michael J. Sandel Narrator: Michael J. Sandel Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781427208170
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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 Suntisook Hansen | 2/16/2014

    " This is the book that everyone should read once , Mr. Michael Sandel is an excellent Political Philosophers that he has spoke about a topic that many people in the society are concern. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kk Tan | 2/15/2014

    " A great refresher on the political studies class in uni. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 2/8/2014

    " If you're about to take a Social Ethics course, save yourself the tuition and read this book instead. It'll cost you $10-$15 and you'll get the same survey of major theories without the bullshit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcy | 1/28/2014

    " I'm only a little over half way through this book and I have no trouble saying that it is one of the best books I've read in a very long time "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danny | 1/25/2014

    " This is a subjective, comparative, philosophical and thought provoking book by Michael J. Sandel who is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1980, and the author of many books. This book put forth the many sides of justice and the many ways to see justice as applied to everyone. This is a long read and I read very few pages that I did not find myself pausing for several minutes to hours musing and turning over in my mind what I had just read. I do like this book in that you stop at most anytime and put it away and pick it up later as it's subject matter is broken down by chapter so it was just right for me as I had no desire to stay with it till the finish. It's a book about what the decisions we make everyday, why we make them and the many reasons we make them. Maybe not for the close minded..but for us who are open to look at life in the full spectrum...it's a must read! "

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

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanna Chen | 12/20/2013

    " A modern and yet riveting explanation of what justice consists of and draws upon the best philosophical ideals of the past century. Love his examples and they really do bring perspective. A must read for the people tend to ask the devil's advocate questions in regards to justice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 9/25/2013

    " If you're interested in ethics even a little, this book will so fully challenge your thinking on what's right or not. I have to read it in short bits so I can fully digest the ideas he puts forward. Not at all preachy though, just thoughtful, even if being thoughtful is sometimes adversarial. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lars | 9/30/2012

    " This is a great review of political thought. It reminded me of the Core classes at Whitworth (350 especially). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Doyle | 6/27/2012

    " 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 Hom Sack | 4/16/2012

    " An excellent companion to Sandel's course at Harvard by the same name. What is included here is his opinion, which he rightly left out in the course. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannie Colling | 3/19/2012

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vilma Mesa | 3/18/2012

    " three competing views about justice, rooted in community, individuality, and virtue. a must read to understand our current political and sociological discussions about what is the right thing to do "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon | 10/13/2011

    " Great book. Turned me head upside down. I am giving it a four because I just gave my last book a five and I do not want to get soft. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 9/6/2011

    " Great introduction to the philosophy of ethics/political philosophy. Contemporary and accessible; if I were instructing a freshman class, this would be on the reading list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shishir | 6/24/2011

    " Questions about morality and law - Confronted between our judgments and our principles WELFARE FREEDOM AND VIRTUE concepts "

  • 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 Michael J. SandelMichael J. Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1980. He is the author of many books, including Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?, a New York Times bestseller in hardcover and paperback and a bestseller in translation in Japan and South Korea as well. He has taught his undergraduate course “Justice” to more than 15,000 Harvard students over the years, and video footage of the course were adapted into a PBS television series. Sandel graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University and received his doctorate from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He served on the George W. Bush administration's President's Council on Bioethics. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.