Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 15 thg 9, 2009 - 320 trang

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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A politics emptied of substantive moral engagement makes for an impoverished civic life. It is also an open invitation to narrow, intolerant moralisms. Fundamentalists rush in where liberals fear to ... Đọc toàn bộ bài đánh giá

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Đánh giá của Người dùng  - cdogzilla - LibraryThing

Trying to suss out how to understand justice and the path to a just society without reference to Marxist analysis strikes me as roughly equivalent to trying to understand the diversity of life on ... Đọc toàn bộ bài đánh giá

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1 DOING THE RIGHT THING
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2 THE GREATEST HAPPINESS PRINCIPLE UTILITARIANISM
31
3 DO WE OWN OURSELVES? LIBERTARIANISM
58
4 HIRED HELP MARKETS AND MORALS
75
5 WHAT MATTERS IS THE MOTIVE IMMANUEL KANT
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6 THE CASE FOR EQUALITY JOHN RAWLS
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7 ARGUING AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
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8 WHO DESERVES WHAT? ARISTOTLE
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9 WHAT DO WE OWE ONE ANOTHER? DILEMMAS OF LOYALTY
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10 JUSTICE AND THE COMMON GOOD
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NOTES
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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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INDEX
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Michael J. Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1980. He has taught his undergraduate course "Justice" to more than 15,000 Harvard students over the years, and video footage of the course was 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.

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