Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?
Justice is the first Harvard course to be made freely available online and on public television. Nearly a thousand students pack Harvard’s historic Sanders Theatre to hear Michael Sandel, perhaps the most prominent college professor in America, talk about justice, equality, democracy, and citizenship.
In the first lecture Sandel talks about the moral side of the murder. If you had to choose between killing one person to save the lives of five others and doing nothing even though you knew that five people would die right before your eyes if you did nothing—what would you do? What would be the right thing to do? Thats the hypothetical scenario Professor Michael Sandel uses to launch his course on moral reasoning.
There are 12 lectures included in the playlist above. They address the following questions:
1. The Moral Side of Murder; The Case for Cannibalism.
2. Putting a Price Tag on Life; How to Measure Pleasure.
3. Free to Choose; Who Owns Me?
4. This Land is My Land; Consenting Adults.
5. Hired Guns?; For Sale: Motherhood.
6. Mind Your Motive; The Supreme Principle of Morality.
7. A Lesson in Lying; A Deal is a Deal.
8. What’s a Fair Start?; What Do We Deserve?
9. Arguing Affirmative Action; What’s the Purpose?
10. The Good Citizen; Freedom vs. Fit.
11. The Claims of Community; Where Our Loyalty Lies.
12. Debating Same-Sex Marriage; The Good Life.