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Sandel’s Justice

December 2nd, 2009 · 5 Comments

Most of Michael Sandel’s series Justice is now up and streaming for your viewing pleasure. In my wildest Tooth Fairy dreams, this show is more popular than American Idol and there are dozens of Twitter hashtags devoted to the issues in each episode that people are collectively mulling. It’s a wonderful introduction to serious moral thinking if you were busy learning actual socially useful skills in college, and for folks with a background in philosophy, it’s a fantastic sort of experimental case study. Sandel is a compelling emcee and expositor of the canonical arguments, but it’s also fascinating not just to listen to the students groping through their fresh reactions to some hoary hypotheticals, but to watch the audience react (the ones who aren’t taking notes, at any rate) to what’s being said. With luck, maybe the Salahis will crash a lecture and we’ll start seeing it in rotation.

Tags: General Philosophy


       

 

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  • 1 Michael Sandel’s Justice | Cosmic Variance | Discover Magazine // Dec 2, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    [...] lectures on GR at Stanford. Now from Harvard, we have a course on Justice by Michael Sandel. (Via Julian Sanchez.) They really went all-out on the production values, teaming with the local public TV station WGBH; [...]

  • 2 SELF DEVELOPMENT BLOG » Michael Sandel’s Justice | Cosmic Variance // Dec 2, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    [...] lectures on GR at Stanford. Now from Harvard, we have a course on Justice by Michael Sandel. (Via Julian Sanchez.) They really went all-out on the production values, teaming with the local public TV station WGBH; [...]

  • 3 mtc // Dec 4, 2009 at 3:49 am

    I groaned when Sandel finished explaining the first dellemia about the trolley car, having heard many variations on that theme (they always seem to involve a fat guy getting sacrificed). But by the time he got to through comparing the wounded victims scenario with the organ donor scenario, I was actually thinking pretty hard. And in the end I remembered why I’m not a Utilitarian.

    I think I’m hooked.

  • 4 paul // Dec 6, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    not bad, but as a yalie, i’m partial to shelly kagan.

    best website for video like this is http://www.academicearth.org, has complete video of many courses from ivy league schools, stanford and mit, including one each of kagan’s and sandel’s. here’s the link to kagan’s course on death: http://www.academicearth.org/courses/death

  • 5 m65 // Feb 16, 2010 at 6:47 am

    good read thanks for the share. i really like the way the article is written and also the design of the website

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