The Public Philosopher
By BBC Radio 4
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Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel examines the thinking behind a current controversy
||CleanWhy Democracy?||Professor Michael Sandel explores democracy with a group of MPs, peers and the public.||3/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanNational Guilt||Michael Sandel hosts a discussion about national guilt with an audience in Japan.||5/26/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWhy Vote?||Michael Sandel hosts a discussion about voting with an audience at the LSE.||5/19/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMorality and the State||Michael Sandel asks if governments should try to influence private morality.||5/12/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanIs rape worse than other violent crime?||Prof Michael Sandel is in India to discuss the philosophy of violence.||3/25/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWelfare||Prof Michael Sandel discusses the philosophy of welfare benefits with a Boston audience.||10/29/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanImmigration||Prof Michael Sandel discusses the philosophy of immigration with a Texan audience.||10/22/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanShould we bribe people to be healthy?||Questioning the morality of paying people to lose weight, quit smoking or abandon alcohol.||4/16/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanShould a banker be paid more than a nurse?||Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel questions the thinking beneath controversies.||4/9/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanShould universities give preference to applicants from poor backgrounds?||Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel questions the thinking beneath controversies.||4/2/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
Broad thoughtful discussion of our basic assumptions done with respect. This format of idea exchange will transform humanity for the best we are capable.
Mr. Sandel's podcast is a wonderful exploration of modern day societal moral dilemmas. He examines old principles of justice and moral desert through a contemporary perspective. I never took interest in philosophy until I watched his Harvard lectures online, but I am glad I did. Mr. Sandel has helped me to form my own ideas of moral desert and justice, and has led me down a path of philosophical interest I never knew I had. A must listen for anyone interested in politics, civics, ethics, or really anything else for that matter!