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Summary

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Michael J Sandel's, Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? as read by the author himself.

Considering the role of justice in our society and our lives, Michael Sandel reveals how an understanding of philosophy can help to make sense of politics, religion, morality - and our own convictions. Breaking down hotly contested issues - from abortion, euthanasia, and same-sex marriage to patriotism, dissent, and affirmative action - Sandel shows how the biggest questions in our civic life can be broken down and illuminated through reasoned debate.

Justice promises to take readers - of all ages and political persuasions - on an exhilarating journey to confront today's political and moral controversies in a fresh and enlightening way.

©2012 Michael J. Sandel (P)2012 Penguin Books Ltd

Critic reviews

"One of the world's most interesting political philosophers." ( Guardian)
"Michael Sandel, perhaps the most prominent college professor in America...practices the best kind of academic populism, managing to simplify John Stuart Mill and John Rawls without being simplistic. But Sandel is best at what he calls bringing 'moral clarity to the alternatives we confront as democratic citizens'.... He ends up clarifying a basic political divide - not between left and right, but between those who recognize nothing greater than individual rights and choices, and those who affirm a 'politics of the common good,' rooted in moral beliefs that can't be ignored." (Michael Gerson, Washington Post)
"Sandel explains theories of justice...with clarity and immediacy; the ideas of Aristotle, Jeremy Bentham, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, Robert Nozick and John Rawls have rarely, if ever, been set out as accessibly.... In terms we can all understand, Justice confronts us with the concepts that lurk, so often unacknowledged, beneath our conflicts." (Jonathan Rauch, New York Times)

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  • Neil
  • CHELTENHAM, United Kingdom
  • 13-04-13

An accessible introduction to political philosophy

This is a great, accessible introduction to political philosophy. The author is a great narrator for the books and the book itself is a great way to start thinking about key questions for society and the general polity. I bought this as an accompaniment Michael Sandel's free online course about Justice, for which this book is recommended for extra reading. A great book and a great, engaging recording.

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an excellent thought provoking book.

I really loved this book. You don't have to agree with all the points made, you just have to think about them. Difficult concepts are explained and it gives an overview of many philosophic views and compares and contrasts these.

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  • Mr
  • 24-09-15

Makes you see issues in a new light.

Well composed, thought out and presented. The author encourages you to develop your own views on a number of issues presenting philosophical tools to aid this process. At the end he presents his conclusions.

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Dandelions is an engaging moral philosopher

Sandra is an engaging moral philosopher and I would recommend this book. Would also recommend searching the web for Sandel videos to get a taste of what is in store in this book.

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  • Rosanna
  • Derby, United Kingdom
  • 10-11-13

Broad-scoped, engaging and clear

What did you like most about Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do??

Sandel challenges and engages the listener and also presents a clear, broad picture of the philosophy of modern values. Fascinating, clear and accessible. Sandel cuts through the field to offer a logical walk-through of the philosophy behind the principles of justice. Highly recommended from both an academic point of view, and a personal one. Sandel questions to provoke real thought about your own personal values as a reader, at the same time as remaining clear, balanced and critical in his coverage of the different philosophies and case studies explored.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Uhm... Jeremy Bentham's head? Undoubtedly a character.

Have you listened to any of Michael J. Sandel’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's more accessible in chunks.

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Well presented and structured

Good story, well laid out and structured. Enjoyed the points raised within the book very thought provoking.

Well worth buying...

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powerful and thought provoking

Sandel is an acclaimed academic, and with good reason. He offers up philosophical ideas and arguments for a multitude of aspects of the modern world.
This book will give the reader any number of new perspectives about their existing beliefs.

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justice

too complicated for me. had no idea what he was talking about. you need a degree from harvard business school to understand this book. too deep for me. I have returned this book back to Audible.

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