Harvard political philosopher and bestselling author Michael Sandel challenges audiences to examine the ethical dilemmas we confront in politics and in our everyday lives. One of Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers, Sandel has been described as “the most relevant living philosopher,” “a rock-star moralist" (Newsweek), and “the most famous teacher of philosophy in the world.” (New Republic)
Sandel’s legendary course "Justice" has enrolled over 15,000 students and was the first Harvard course to be made freely available online and on public television. It has been viewed by millions of people around the world, including in China, where China Newsweek named him the “most influential foreign figure of the year.”
In his New York Times bestseller Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?, Sandel takes readers on a fascinating journey of moral reflection and shows how reasoned debate can illuminate democratic life. Translated into 27 languages, Justice has sold over two million copies worldwide and inspired public debate about the ethical and civic questions of our time.
In his latest bestseller, What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, Sandel invites readers to rethink the role that money and markets should play in our lives. One of Foreign Policy’s "20 must-read books” of the year, reviewers have called it “brilliant, easily readable, and often funny,” an “eloquent argument for morality in public life.”
Sandel served for four years on the President's Council on Bioethics, exploring the ethical implications of new biomedical technologies. This prompted him to write The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering, a book about the moral quandaries that arise when we seek to perfect our children and ourselves. His other books include Democracy’s Discontent, Liberalism and the Limits of Justice, and Public Philosophy: Essays on Morality in Politics.
Sandel’s lectures have been the subject of television series on PBS and the BBC. His ongoing BBC radio series, “The Public Philosopher,” engages audiences in debates about the big philosophical questions lying behind the headlines. He has appeared on The Colbert Report, the Today Show, Morning Joe, and Charlie Rose.
Described by The Guardian as “the man who is currently the most effective communicator of ideas in English,” Sandel’s books and online lectures have brought him “the kind of popularity usually reserved for Hollywood movie stars and NBA players.” (China Daily) His recent lecture tours have taken him across five continents and packed such venues as St. Paul’s Cathedral (London), the Sydney Opera House, and an outdoor amphitheater in Seoul, Korea, where 14,000 people came to hear him speak.
Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?
Hard Questions, Big Ideas: How To Think About Moral and Ethical Dilemmas in a Global Age
The Lost Art of Democratic Argument: What’s Become of Civility?
Markets, Morals, and Civic Life
Do bankers deserve to make hundreds of times what school teachers earn? Is the free market fair? What have we learned from the financial crisis? What is the real cost of economic inequality? What is the role of markets in achieving the public good? Join Michael Sandel, Harvard political philosopher and author of the New York Times best seller Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? for a lively discussion of markets, democracy, and the big ethical questions that confront American society today.
Teaching and Education
A SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT PROGRAMS WITH MICHAEL SANDEL
Professor Sandel’s talks can be presented either as a straight lecture or a participatory session with the audience, regardless of the theme or topic.