The class will read and discuss Justice: What’s The Right Thing To Do by Michael Sandel, a professor of government at Harvard. The book has been endorsed, for good reason, by liberal (e.g., E. J. Dionne, Jr) and conservative (e.g., George Will) columnists. Sandel takes the reader “through the contested terrain of justice and injustice, equality and inequality, individual rights and the common good” in relation to contemporary issues (e.g., affirmative action, abortion, or the fairness of discounts for seniors), in order to explore the question: What makes a society a just society? The author explains and illustrates theories of justice with a “clarity and immediacy (rarely, if ever) set out as accessibly.”
No class November 23.