What's the Right Thing to Do?

eBook - 2010 | First pbk. edition.
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Examines the meaning of justice in a variety of situations and asks the reader to morally and politically reflect on each topic.
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2010.
Edition: First pbk. edition.
ISBN: 9781429952682
Characteristics: 1 online resource (308 pages)
Contents: Doing the right thing
The greatest happiness principle : utilitarianism
Do we own ourselves? : libertarianism
Hired help : markets and morals
What matters is the motive : Immanuel Kant
The case for equality : John Rawls
Arguing affirmative action
Who deserves what? : Aristotle
What do we owe one another? : dilemmas of loyalty
Justice and the common good.
Summary: Examines the meaning of justice in a variety of situations and asks the reader to morally and politically reflect on each topic.


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Jul 02, 2014

Read in conjunction with Prof. Sandel's lectures (online) via eDX.com. The book is good and completes the online course, the lectures are excellent!

Feb 15, 2014

I read this book because it was recommended in an online course on morality. It was interesting and clear and I recommend it.

May 27, 2013

Reading this book is just like taking his famous undergraduate course "Justice" at Harvard University without the troublesome parts such as term papers and exams. He is an excellent educator who possesses unique and fascinating teaching methods with lucid and illustrating examples.
Once you get into his world, you would have to rethink your assumptions and question accepted ways of thinking. Then you would probably come up with a more awakening way of thinking as well as a more enriching way of living your life.
This book is really thought-provoking and enlightening.

RoninDRE Oct 12, 2012

A remarkable book on ethics and justice that explains the greatest thinkers' (Rawls, Kant, Aristotle) mind-blowing ideas on these subjects clearly, understandably and with vivid examples. Professor Sandel has been a professor at Harvard for over thirty years and holds on of their most popular courses. Understandably so.
Anybody who reads this book will be left with only one regret: that they didn't read it sooner. I cannot reccomend this book too highly.

Aug 13, 2012

Full of ideas that made me think and grow.

Aug 10, 2012

Excellent chapters on Kant and Aristotle, that considerably improved my understanding of their arguments.


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