Michael Sandel: The Public Philosopher

Michael Sandel: The Public Philosopher

Political philosopher Professor Michael Sandel challenges an audience to apply some critical thinking to issues people usually rely on instinct to resolve. Recorded at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Professor Sandel debates issues such as education, social equality and healthcare.

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  • National Guilt 27 May 14

    Tue, 27 May 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Imagine a country guilty of past crimes. What obligations do its current citizens have to make amends? In this edition of The Public Philosopher, Michael Sandel poses that question to an audience in Japan. The discussion involves students from Japan and from China and South Korea - countries which were victims of Japanese aggression during the Second World War.

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  • Why Vote? 20 May 14

    Tue, 20 May 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Should it be compulsory to vote? Should we fine people who don't vote? Should we pay people to vote? This is the week that the UK goes to the polls - amid ongoing concerns about the level of democratic participation. In this edition of The Public Philosopher, Harvard professor Michael Sandel hosts a discussion about voting, with an audience at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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  • Morality and the State 13 May 14

    Tue, 13 May 14

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Should governments try to influence private morality? Michael Sandel, The Public Philosopher, is back with a new series. In this first programme he is at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands, one of the world's most permissive countries. It has liberal laws on prostitution, cannabis and euthanasia. Professor Sandel leads a discussion about the role of the state in shaping and policing our moral values.

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  • Is rape worse than other crime? 26 Mar 13

    Tue, 26 Mar 13

    Duration:
    39 mins

    Is rape worse than other forms of violent assault? Michael Sandel, BBC Radio 4's Public Philosopher, is in India to discuss this question at the Jaipur Literature Festival.

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  • Welfare & The American Dream 30 Oct 2012

    Tue, 30 Oct 12

    Duration:
    43 mins

    As America goes to the polls, Professor Michael Sandel debates the political philosophy of wealth redistribution and healthcare in America with an audience at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

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  • Immigration in the USA 23 OCT 2012

    Tue, 23 Oct 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    As the US presidential election approaches political philosopher Michael Sandel heads to Texas. In a debate recorded at the University of Dallas in Irving, Professor Sandel challenges ordinary Texans to consider the moral issues raised when it comes to controlling immigration and deciding who should be entitled to citizenship.

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  • Should We Bribe People to be Healthy? 17 APR 2012

    Tue, 17 Apr 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    The eminent Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel brings his trademark style to a discussion on a topical issue, questioning the thinking underlying a current controversy. In this third debate recorded at the London School of Economics he discusses with the audience: should we bribe people to be healthy?

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  • Should a Banker be Paid More Than a Nurse? 10 APR 2012

    Tue, 10 Apr 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    The eminent Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel brings his trademark style to a discussion on a topical issue, questioning the thinking underlying a current controversy. In this second debate recorded at the London School of Economics he digs deep into the morality of high pay and bankers' bonuses, asking the audience should bankers be paid more than nurses?

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  • Should Universities Give Preference to Poor Applicants? 03 APR 2012

    Tue, 3 Apr 12

    Duration:
    42 mins

    The eminent Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel challenges an audience at the London School of Economics to examine the big philosophical questions that lie behind our views. In this first debate he asks: Should students from poorer backgrounds be given priority in university admissions?

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