Markets are reaching into new territories – the criminal justice system and wars, for starters. Michael Sandel asks, Is it right?
About Michael Sandel
Michael J. Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he has taught political philosophy since 1980.
His recent book, Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?, relates the big questions of political philosophy to the most vexing issues of our time and his latest book, What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, was published in spring 2012.
Sandel's other books include Liberalism and the Limits of Justice, Democracy's Discontent,Public Philosophy: Essays on Morality in Politics, and The Case against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering. His work has been translated into 19 foreign languages.
A recipient of the Harvard-Radcliffe Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize, Sandel was recognized by the American Political Science Association in 2008 for a career of excellence in teaching. He has been a visiting professor at the Sorbonne (Paris), delivered the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Oxford University, and in 2009 delivered the BBC Reith Lectures. In 2010, China Newsweek named him the "most influential foreign figure of the year" in China.
From 2002 to 2005, Sandel served on the President's Council on Bioethics. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations. A graduate of Brandeis University (1975), Sandel received his doctorate from Oxford University (D.Phil.,1981), where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
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Debate needed post-2008 financial mess: Proper role of markets and economic reasoning?