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Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?

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En Justicia, el prestigioso autor y profesor Michael Sandel examina el papel de la justicia en nuestras vidas y en la sociedad, y explica cómo la filosofía puede ayudar a entender la política, la religión o la moral, e incluso nuestras propias convicciones. Deteniéndose en cuestiones tan polémicas como el aborto, la eutanasia, el matrimonio homosexual, el patriotismo o la ...more
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published September 15th 2009 by Farrar Straus Giroux (first published 2005)
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Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ابتدا یک لیوان چایی لب سوز برای خودتون بریزید و خودتون رو به کلاس درس آقای سندل دعوت کنید و بزارید چند ساعتی براتون از عدالت صحبت کنه، از اینکه کار درست برای انجام دادن چیه؟!

مایکل سندل بی مقدمه کلاس را این چنین شروع خواهد کرد:

نظرتون راجب فروختن کلیه چیه؟! چه اشکالی در این کار هست؟! آیا سقط جنین یا اجاره دادن رحم رو کاری اخلاقی می دونین؟!
آیا حاظرید تروریستی رو برای پیدا کردن محل دقیق  کلاهکی هستهای شکنجه بدین؟! دختر بی گناهش رو چطور؟ دروغ گفتن کار اشتباهیه!؟حتی به قاتلی که دنبال مکا
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, politics
اصلا این کتاب چه ارتباطی به من داره؟
اگه موقع خوندن این مرور دارید این سوال رو از خودتون میپرسید فقط توصیهام اینه که پنج دقیقهی اول این ویدئو رو نگاه کنید

مایکل سندل استاد فلسفهی سیاسی دانشگاه هاروارد سالهاست که کورسی داره با عنوان «عدالت» که یکی از پرطرفدارترین کورسهای تاریخ این دانشگاه لقب گرفته. طوری که دیگه کلاسهاش توی فضای متعارف کلاسها جا نمیشه و مدتهاست این کلاسها رو تو آمفیتئاتر این دانشگاه با حضور میان
Riku Sayuj

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And here is the letter of acceptance, shorn of honorific implications, that a philosophicboth):
مشاري الإبراهيم
I've attended the 24 Harvard University lectures that the book is based on; that's why I'm going to consider that I read the book.

The topic, the way it was structured, presented and executed was one of the best I've ever experienced. It is arguably the best online course on philosophy you could attend.

In a nutshell, Michael Sandel discusses: What's the right thing for humans to do, whereby he explains theories around Justice, morality and human good. In order to do so, he constantl
Portal in the Pages
I'm going to think fondly of this book for a long long time. My copy is battered and stained and loved.
Daniel Clausen
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-of-2018
I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did...I think the problem for me is that I took a political philosophy class when I was an undergraduate that was amazing. I got to read many of the texts this book was based on in depth. I don't think anything beats reading through these texts yourself and trying to pick through the reasoning yourself.

The book also reinforces a fear I have.

I have a feeling that Sandel is actually a lot smarter than this book makes him out to be. I have a feeling th
Mar 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god."

This quote from Aristotle's Politics was new to me. It was one of many highlights in this book.

Sandel's "Justice" is organized in a very interesting way. He starts with utilitarian, then libertarian political philosophy. You might assume he's following a sequence of conservative (less sophisticated) to liberal (more sophisticated). And then, surprise, he th
Jan Rice
On Plato's cave:

...He's right, I think, but only in part. The claims of the cave must be given their due. If moral reflection is dialectical--if it moves back and forth between the judgments we make in concrete situations and the principles that inform those judgments--it needs opinions and convictions, however partial and untutored, as ground and grist. A philosophy untouched by the shadows on the wall can only yield a sterile utopia. (p. 29)

I don't think I ever before heard anyone cri/>...He's
Michael Sandel is something of a “moral rock star” according to the Financial Times, with hordes of acolytes the world over. It is easy for me to see why. This book, published in 2009, discusses theories of fairness and freedom that have been the basis of political discourse and civic structure in the U.S. for some fifty years, bringing us to the state of affairs we currently observe in our market-(un)regulated society. Sandel suggests that we may get twinges now and again that something is amiss in o ...more
نورة عبدالملك
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
لم أقرأه، لكن شاهدت حلقات مترجمة على شكل سلسلة للمؤلف نفسه يحمل نفس عنوان الكتاب ومحاوره، وكانت تجربة ماتعة بحق، فطريقة استعراض المؤلف واستفزازه لعقلك، ومحاولته ضخ الأدرينالين عن طريق المحاورات السقراطية الجدلية كانت جيدة جدا وأضافت لي الكثير، خصوصا لشخص مثلي لا يملك خلفية جيدة في هذا النوع من المواضيع.
Emad Attili
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it

رحلة رائعة جداً وضرورية لكل طالب علم وقارىء ومثقف.
أسلوب الدكتور ساندل مثير جداً وممتع. يحرّك الذهن وينمّيه.


المواضيع المطروحة في هذا الكورس كلها تتمحور حول القيم والمبادىء الأخلاقية،
وكما هو واضح من العنوان فإنها بشكل عام تتحدث وتناقش الشيء الصحيح الذي يجب علينا فعله في حالات ومعضلات أخلاقية مختلفة.
طبعاً الحلقات هي من العمق بحيث تستهلك بشكل أو بآخر طاقة كبيرة من الذهن!
بالنسبة لي كنت أحس بعدما أنهي كل حلقة بنوع من الصداع الخفيف .. اللذيذ ربما :)


رحلة رائعة جداً وضرورية لكل طالب علم وقارىء ومثقف.
أسلوب الدكتور ساندل مثير جداً وممتع. يحرّك الذهن وينمّيه.


المواضيع المطروحة في هذا الكورس كلها تتمحور حول القيم والمبادىء الأخلاقية،
وكما هو واضح من العنوان فإنها بشكل عام تتحدث وتناقش الشيء الصحيح الذي يجب علينا فعله في حالات ومعضلات أخلاقية مختلفة.
طبعاً الحلقات هي من العمق بحيث تستهلك بشكل أو بآخر طاقة كبيرة من الذهن!
بالنسبة لي كنت أحس بعدما أنهي كل حلقة بنوع من الصداع الخفيف .. اللذيذ ربما :)



أنصح بمشاهدة جميع الحلقات ..
ولكن تحذير ..
إن كان القارىء قد درس في جامعات عربية (سهلبيسيّة!!) فسوف تصيبه عدة سكتات قلبية من هول ما سيراه من روعة!!

مشاهدة ممتعة :)
I love books like this: they challenge the mind and lead to great discussions.

Michael Sandel teaches a very popular course at Harvard entitled “Justice.” It’s available in video through the iTunes University (a phenomenal resource, I might add.) Sandel uses a series of hypothetical situations to focus the class on the different ways philosophers would have analyzed and puzzled out solutions to the problems raised in the hypotheticals. (This somewhat Socratic method is also used very
Raya راية
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"لا يمكن تحقيق مجتمع عادل بتعظيم المنفعة أو تأمين حرية الاختيار فقط. فلأجل تحقيق مجتمع عادل لا بد أن نفكر معاً في معنى الحياة الصالحة، وأن نخلق ثقافة عمومية كريمة ومرحبة بالاختلاف الذي سيحصل ولا محالة."

يتناول الكتاب كما هو واضح من عنوانه مفهوم العدالة وقيم الحق والخير والمساواة والواجب والحرية. كتاب مهم جداً يطرح العديد من التساؤلات حول موضوعات مثيرة للجدل وتمس حياتنا بشكل أساسي.

استمتعت كثيراً بقرائته.

اقتباس أعجبني ورد في مقدمة المترجم:
"إن الجنس البشري لن يتخلّص من الب/>"إن
Diane S ☔
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-2019, lor-2019
Thoughts soon.
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتابی بسیار جذاب و خواندنی از مایکل سندل فیلسوفِ سیاسی دانشگاه هاروارد که کلاسهای پرجمعیت و پر بار او مشهور است، کلاسهایی که علیرغم تعداد زیاد دانشجو، بخوبی از طرف استاد کنترل می شود و با مباحثی شیرین و جذاب بر غنای علمی دانشجویان می افزاید، قابل توجۀ پاره ای از اساتیدِ داخلی که چون قابلیت و سوادِ بحث با دانشجویان را ندارند همواره خواهانِ کلاسی بی سروصدا و ساکت هستند، هر چند که حفظِ موقعیتِ شغلی نیز در این آشفته بازار مزید برعلت شده است

سندل با طرح کردن پرسش هایی، گفتمانِ فایده گرایی را به چالش
Larry Bassett
Jun 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
This book and its online course got me started (about four years ago, I see) in internet learning. There are now several MOOC (massive open online course) websites that have tens of thousands of students worldwide taking a wide variety of courses. And all for free!

I have taken some online community college courses in Virginia - free for us senior citizens. I started with the local college then moved into courses from other parts of the state. Then I discovered Coursera and have taken courses in
Atila Iamarino
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: justica, direito, crime
Achei uma ótima introdução ao que é justiça, com exemplos, explicações claras e discussões que dão toda a margem para quem lê tirar as próprias conclusões. A falta de julgamentos óbvios, mas que enviesariam o conteúdo, foi bastante animadora.

Para discutir o que achamos justo, de onde vem nosso conceito de justiça ou vários outros tópicos mais abstratos ou relacionados ao nosso comportamento, Michael Sandel usa os conceitos propostos por filósofos para embasar a discussão. Seria uma l
Ahmed Hussein Shaheen
لا أذكر تمامًا كيف عرفت عن هذا الكتاب لأول مرة، ولكن ربما من كتاب العقل ذكرأم أنثى
وضعت الكتاب على قائمة الكتب التي سأقرئها ثم قررت فجأة أنني سأقرأه وكم أنا سعيد لأنني قرأته

كتاب رائع ومفيد وشيق بكل ما في تلك الكلمات من معاني
يجب على كل شخص يدعي الليبرالية قرائته للوقوع على فهم أكبر لليبرالية وارتباطها بمفاهيم كالعادلة والحق والخير والمساواة وغيرها

الكتاب كما قيل عنه لا يقدم إجابات أو حلول لمشكلات ولكنه يوجه نظر القارئ نحو آفاق أعمق للأمور السياسية والأخلاقية وارت
Quang Khuê
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Ta có thể gặp hàng loạt triết gia nổi tiếng với những tư tưởng để đời của họ trong cuốn sách này. Họ chính là Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill, Immanuel Kant, John Rawls, Aristotle hay Plato. Được viết rất giống như một quyển mà tôi từng đọc của Richard David Precht, Tôi là ai - và nếu vậy thì bao nhiêu ?, nhưng cuốn này sách này chủ yếu tập trung vào các vấn đề triết học chính trị như phúc lợi xã hội, chế độ quân dịch, tiền lương, nhập cư, phân biệt chủng tộc...chứ không đa dạng như quyển kia.
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy, favorite
Totally recommended this for wanna-be philosophers. This is written in plain, simple language, that are also very practical and realistic. The author manages to introduce each philosophy back up with each example, then refute each philosophy. I have not finished yet but I am in love with it so far. I read this alongside with my online Harvard University's course. Great book!

I actually managed to re-read the book a 2nd time because there were so many amazing quotes I did not have the
Jan 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy

I greatly enjoyed the first two-thirds of Michael Sandel’s new book, Justice: A Reader, which only made the final third more disappointing. Sandel begins his book with a long and fruitful discussion of philosophical thought, ranging from Rousseau to Nozick to Rawls, with compelling thought experiments and concise explanations of the different schools of thought. In the end, Sandel argues that each school falls short, in part due to neglecting the moral legitimacy of communal bonds, such
Tariq Mahmood
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: corporations
This book changed my view on the role of Justice and morality used to create laws to govern societies, nations. The implementation and thoughts, indeed the 'correct' decisions taken by any nation when dealing with issues like rights of an individual, gay marriages, taxes, wars, medicinal research etc, eventually determine whether the nation will develop or dissolve nation states. Michael makes a strong case for Aristotle's concept of telos, in deciding all complex cases the ultimate end, purpose ...more
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: diritto, saggistica
Michael Sandel è professore di filosofia politica all’università di Harvard, le cui lezioni sulla giustizia sono affollatissime, tanto che sono state raccolte in questo saggio, che esamina le teorie morali sulla giustizia più significative, a partire dall’utilitarismo al libertarismo, passando per Kant, Rawls ed Aristotele.
Non è un saggio di pura filosofia, perché l’autore cala nella realtà, con esempi concreti, le diverse teorie filosofiche che esamina; mi aspettavo, confesso, una trattaz
Nguyên ngộ ngộ
Một cuốn sách không hề dễ đọc vì bàn về những vấn đề gây tranh cãi nhất hiện nay. Điều thú vị nhất tôi rút ra được từ cuốn này là CÁCH NGHĨ, CÁCH TRANH LUẬN về một vấn đề. Làm sao không ba phải, không trung lập, quan điểm mình dựa trên cơ sở nào, nguyên tắc, học thuyết nào để lập luận cho sắc bén!

Những tranh "cãi" xoay quanh những tình huống rất đời thường, và mình sẽ review lại những câu chuyện được đưa ra bàn luận trong sách. Hy vọng rằng khi dựa lại những câu chuyện này, ta gợi l
Rebecca Skane

A run-through of civil and political philosophies of some of the greats (Kant, Rawls, Aristotle) and how they would approach existing problems in today's societies. Not devoid of his own philosophies, the author tended to take the same concepts and twist them to fit his argument which I found slightly infuriating. In the end, he asked for a "more robust public engagement with our moral disagreements" to "provide a stronger, not a weaker, basis for mutual respect." I can't help but wonder how dis
Rizky Akita
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you think "Justice" and "Philosophy" are things you don't really care about or something you consider as 'way too complicated to learn about', then I recommend you to pick this book and add it into your personal bookshelves. I bought this book due to my passion on debating and I thought this book will improve my speech quality. It turned out, Michael J. Sandel fulfills my expectation.Nay, he exceeded my expectation.

Here's my review :

1. Sandel gives a comprehensive over
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
I live in a country where the head of state seems to think that his duties to the people he governs are restricted to ensuring that they have the chance to become as prosperous as possible, this being the highest good he can provide them (nevermind the fact that his modus operandi for doing so is deeply flawed- he seeks to enable the very wealthy to become even more wealthy claiming that this 'increases the size of the cake' and hence the size of everyone's slice - a piece of sophism that has di ...more
Quando sono forzata a leggere qualcosa lo studio, difficilmente mi godo la lettura come farei se fossi spinta solamente dalla curiosità, a prescindere dalla lettura in questione. In questo caso, devo ammettere di non avere avuto troppe difficoltà: "Giustizia" è una lettura agevole e fruibile, dà qualche interessante spunto di riflessione e presenta una panoramica riassuntiva su alcune teorie filosofiche non troppo impegnativa ma sufficiente a orientarsi agevolmente in una riflessione etica sui c ...more
Najla Hammad
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
تعرفت على "العدالة" لمايكل ساندل من محاضراته التي كان يقدمها في موقع
وكان بعضًا من صفحات كتابه متاحة للقراءة، لكنني لم أكمل هذه المحاضرات للأسف
هذا الكتاب يبحث عن العدالة في وجود معضلات ومشاكل أخلاقية مختلفة سياسية واجتماعية واقتصادية وغيرها، ورأي بعض المذاهب الفلسفية عنها.. نحن دائمًا نظن أن العدل أمر واضح وبسيط بينما هو يحتمل آراء مختلفة قد تكون معقدة
المؤلف سرد أمثلة ومواقف كثيرة ممتعة بعضها افتراضي كقوله
إذا كنت قائد القطار وتعطّل القطار فجأة وهو يعبر بسرعة وأمامك ٥ أشخاص
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Christy by: Jan Rice
What should the college educated person know about ethics? What are the most relevant and helpful tools in terms of concepts and theories in guiding lives to use increased mindfulness in understanding the ethical decision-making of our own, of others, and for the Common Good? I am reviewing Sandel’s work from the perspective of an instructor of ethics and considering it for adoption as a course text.

One lament in academic philosophy is that the field “lost” their complete claim to et
ณัฐกานต์ อมาตยกุล
ดีงามจัง เหมือนไดเรียนปรัชญาอีกครัง (เนือหาประเดนทางปรัชญาทียกมาพูดถึงใกลเคียงกับตอนเรียน general philosophy มาก) แตวาขยายไปสูการใชชีวิตจริงๆ การตัดสินใจใหคุณคาของเราตอสิงตางๆ เหมือนกับวาเรืองพวกนีพูดกันในทางทฤษฎีมันกพูดกันไดเรือยๆ แหละ ตางคนตางพูดเสนอไอเดียกันไป แตพอตองดึงมาใชในเรืองทางการเมือง การตัดสินคดี การจัดการสวัสดิการ สุดทายเรากหลีกเลียงความขัดแยงพวกนีไมได สำคัญกคือเวลาทีเราพูดวาอยาเอาเรืองศาสนามาปะปนกับการถกเรืองนี มันตัดไดจริงๆ หรือ รึวาจริงๆ มันตองอยูเปนฐานในการถกเถียงรวมกันในสังคม เ ...more
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
تم الانتهاء من الكتاب
وهذا الانطباع
الكتاب سلس جدا حتى أكاد أقوله أنه أسهل كتاب قرأته في مجال الفلسفة السياسة والأخلاقية
بالرغم من الكتاب يعتمد كثيرا على أسلوب ضرب الأمثلة والقصص -وهو أسلوب لا يعجبني- إلا أنه لم يخل بعمق طرح الأفكار وجعله مطروحا في متناول الجميع
لعل استفادة المؤلف من تدريس مادة العدالة كان خير معين له في ذلك
يتناول الكتاب أهك الانجاهات المؤثرة في النقاش السياسي الغربي (الإمريكي خصوصا) ويرجع مبادءها لعدة تيارات فلسفية رئيسة:
- أرسطو: الفضلية المدنية<
Huyen Pham
Không có ranh giới rõ ràng giữa phải - trái, đúng - sai. Quan điểm nào cũng có lý lẽ riêng của nó. Đấy là điều mà mình rút ra được từ cuốn sách này. Còn phần phân tích về tự do, công lý, lợi ích, đạo đức... thì xin miễn thứ cho kẻ bất tài, mình có cảm giác tác giả đã rất cố gắng để diễn đạt cho dễ hiểu nhất nhưng đọc nhiều đoạn mà cứ mơ mơ màng màng. Chỗ nào hiểu được thì đọc rất bon còn hầu hết thì cứ bò qua từng chữ, mất tập trung cái là đọc lại cả đoạn. Đọc quyển này cảm giác giống Tâm lý học ...more
Melika Khoshnezhad
کاش تمام کتابها اینطوری نوشته شده بودن، روان و زیبا و سرشار از مثالهای درست. این کتاب فقط دربارهی عدالت نیست، دربارهی اخلاق و سیاست و جامعه و حتی کنشهای فرد به فرد آدمها با همه. مایکل سندل بر اساس سه رویکردی که در رابطه با مسئلهی عدالت وجود داره، یعنی فایدهگرایی، اختیارگرایی و فضیلتگرایی سعی میکنه موشکافانه استدلالهای موافق و مخالف رو بررسی کنه و در نهایت نشون بده چه کم و کاستیهایی دارن. خیلی لذت بردم. فقط کاش این کتاب زمانی نوشته شده بود که ترامپ رئیسجهور آمریکا شد. خیلی عجیبغریب میشد همه چی. ...more
Tuan Anh Le
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Who to vote for? Which party's programme is the best? How to think about political decisions? These are questions that have bugged me for a while.

This book provides answers to this questions, and more. It is an amazingly clearly written book, given the difficulty of the subject. There is also an edX course that closely follows the book's content which I found very helpful: .

Discussions about justice revolve around utility, freedom and goodness. The heated disagreements o
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كتاب العظيم .!
ليس لأنه يطرح حلول عملية و تطبقية بل لأنه يطرح أسئلة عظيمة و يناقش بشكل خاص المعضلات الاخلاقية .. و أمثلته جميعها حية يطرح سؤالاَ فتظنَ أن الإجابة سهلة و بإمكانك الإجابة عليهاا يتغول اكثر في المثال حتى تجد نفسك محتاراً ما بين المبدأ والمنطق .. أحببت الفصل الأول و الأخير الأول كان يتحدث عن النفعية و هل هي معيار لقياس صحة الشيء أم لا.. أما الأخير فيتناول بعض المجازر و الأعتذار عنها و هل يجدي نفعاَ
.. أسلوب شيق و ممتع و الامثلة بحدّ ذاتها تعطيك خلفية واسعة .. أنصح به و بشد
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great overview/introduction to philosophy and justice. He covers various theories of getting at justice and how they would help us resolve thorny social issues. There is a way to escape relativism and get at justice and Sandel is one of the clearest and most compassionate voices pulling us toward a shared understanding of what justice might look like
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
First I should say right at the beginning that the title is a bit misleading: I don't think there is a single issue in which Sandel tells us explicitly the right thing to do. But he does give what seems to me a very clear description of various ways of thinking about justice. He examines utilitarianism (greatest good for the greatest number), then the absolute privileging of "freedom of choice"--both from the libertarian (largely economic) and from the liberal egalitarian views of Immanuel Kant ...more
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Justice: What’s The Right Thing to Do? By Michael J. Sandel

“Justice: What’s The Right Thing to Do?” is a fascinating book about practical justice. Harvard law professor Michael Sandel takes his very popular class to the public and hits upon the most fascinating and controversial topics in an even-handed approach. This excellent 320-page book is broken out in the following ten chapters: 1. Doing the Right Thing, 2. The Greatest Happiness Principle/Utilitarianism, 3. Do We Own Ourselve
Smartly written and easy to read, this book is Sandel's writeup of his legendary Harvard course on Ethics and Justice. I first watched the course online (iTunes) and wanted to read the book.

Both are excellent -- entertaining and enlightening. I can't recommend them more highly.

The book uses real life cases, major ethical "rocks" (abortion, selling human organs, ..) and hypotheticals (e.g. trolley car problems) to elucidate and clarify the totally of Western theoretical philosophy of
Manas Gupta
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: politics, philosophy
Would it be right if you had to kill one person to save five? Is it right to exploit a person or minorities just because it gives pleasure to the majority? Is torture ever justified?

How free the markets should be? How free are our choices in the market? Should we draft soldiers or hire them? From where does morality derive its significance? Is your success your own doing? How fair do you think income inequality is? How do you see redistribution of wealth and income?

How fair do you think affirm
The Book Nazi
Aug 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Amidst all this recession and economic downturns experienced in G8 countries..Michael J. Sandel makes sense. He believes that markets if left to themselves or encouraged to spread too far, can injure basic moral values and short change the common good.

From the things I've heard on the Intenet, This Harvard Lecturers introductory course on justice is a hot ticket on the campus. Now readers get to read his arguments in a book form and I have no doubt that this book would appeal to anyone wh
Siddhartha Kumar
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reading alongside the popular Harvard course taught by the author (Here's the link if anyone wants to check it out -, this was an extraordinary experience. Maybe my thoughts about this book got clouded by the thought-provoking lectures that accompany them, but that in no way takes away the credit of this book being an excellent introduction to political and moral philosophy.

Normally, I dislike the case-based approach of tackling a subject (I'm looking at you, Cal Newport), but it was
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing

كتاب عظيم. هذا ما دار في ذهني اللحظة التي أنهيت الكتاب فيها. كتاب عظيم بكل ما تحمله الكلمة من معنى، وأحسست بنوع من الندم لأنني حصلت على نسخة من هذا الكتاب منذ سنوات عديدة ولم تتسن لي قراءته سوى مؤّخرًا.
هناك مقولة طالما كان أستاذ الفلسفة في الثانوية يردّدها "طرح السؤال أهم من الوصول إلى إجابة". للأسف لم أكن أعِ معنى هذه العبارة حينها، ولم أفهمها جيّدًا إلا سنوات عديدة بعد ذلك. هذا الكتاب جعلني أحسّ بلذّة "طرح السؤال أهم من الوصول إلى الإجابة" من جديد وبقوّة ربما يندر أن أجد لها مثيلًا في كت
Nancy Mills
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a thorough, easy-to-read, and provocative book about the various philosophies on social justice. The author, Harvard professor Michael J. Sandel, covers the reasoning of Aristotle, Rawls (the "invisible vail"), the utilitarian viewpoint, and Libertarianism, contrasting the value of the maximum satisfaction for the maximum amount of people with that of the rights and autonomy of individuals. Did I say it was easy reading? Yes, it is written in plain English, and illustrated with relevant ...more
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Michael J. Sandel (b. 1953) is an American political philosopher wholives in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1980. He is best known for the Harvard course 'Justice', which is available to view online, and for his critique of John Rawls' A Theory of Justice in his first book, Liberalism and the Limits o ...more
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