Michael Sandel – CONNECTS 2014

Ethics in Exponential Times.

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Harvard political philosopher and bestselling author Michael Sandel challenges audiences to examine the ethical dilemmas we confront in politics and 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. 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,' and ‘eloquent argument for morality in public life.'

Democracy does not require perfect equality, but it does require that citizens share in a common life.

Michael Sandel