Image for Justice: A Citizen's Guide to the 21st CenturyNot currently available on BBC iPlayer

Duration: 1 hour

A specially-commissioned documentary in which renowned Harvard professor Michael Sandel looks at the philosophy of justice.

Is it acceptable to torture a terrorist in order to discover where a bomb has been hidden? Should wearing the burka in public be banned in Europe, if the majority of citizens disapprove? Should beggars be cleared off the streets of London?

Sandel goes in search of Jeremy Bentham, Immanuel Kant and Aristotle, three philosophers whose ideas inform much contemporary thinking on justice, and tests their theories against a range of contemporary problems.

Filmed in Berlin, Boston, Athens and London, this thought-provoking film includes interviews with the world's great philosophers, modern-day politicians and thinkers from all around the globe.

Last on

Tue 3 Jul 2012 00:00 BBC Four

Credits

Presenter
Michael Sandel
Writer
Michael Sandel
Executive Producer
Julian Mercer

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