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What's a Fair Start?

Justice Episode 5 of 8

The fifth of Harvard professor Michael Sandel's lectures on the philosophy of justice focuses on a simple but controversial question - is it just to tax the rich to help the poor?

The American philosopher John Rawls argued that in order to work out a fair social system, one must start from an imaginary position where everyone has the same opportunity to succeed in life. But is this ever possible in the real world? Sandel polls his students to find out how many of them are first-borns, and makes an intriguing discovery.

30 minutes

Last on

Wed 23 Feb 2011 03:50


Role Contributor
PresenterMichael Sandel
WriterMichael Sandel
ProducerMick Conefrey
DirectorMick Conefrey
Executive ProducerJulian Mercer