11/08/2014

The right thing

Michael Sandel is a philosopher and a professor at Harvard University in Justice and Political Philosophy. He have more than two decades teaching the subject ‘Justice’, which has been established as the subject with more registrations Harvard’s history with over 14,000 trainees. Sandel belongs to the school of thought of Communitarianism and is known for his criticism of the theory of justice of John Rawls and his work ethic and study on genetic engineering and bioethics in general. In his most recent published work, the book ‘What money can not buy’ challenges the idea of the supposed neutrality of markets in morally level. Advocating the importance and existence of morality and justice, or lack thereof in all acts and walks of life not only in the personal but also political, economic and spiritual-religious, areas in this way are affected each other.

This video is one of the twelve chapters of a series co-produced the WGBH and Harvard University called ‘Justice: What’ s the right thing to do?’, where abridged versions of the thinker and teacher classes are offered in University. This chapter is the presentation of the course, which addresses the issue of ethics and morality in the practical sense, deals with moral dilemmas through questions where we must choose what is right. Through a few simple assumptions and dilemmas, Sandel reflects the history and heritage in this vast vast subject of the giants of thought in political philosophy, justice, ethics and morality as Aristotle, Kant, Locke or Stuart Mill. Dilemmas eternal and present in political and moral philosophy from the beginning, always open but that condition our behavior at the individual level but also political and community.

His questions and conclusions through a method and format oriented class discussion (Socratic method) through questions and answers by establishing a dialogue with students (or viewers) where theory becomes practice by integrating moral issues in the individual himself to understand the consequences of our ideas and budgets and moral codes at the community level, in order to reach a true and deep understanding of justice and as, according to the manner in which these dilemmas and moral resolve which hides behind thought and practice can understand the history and some of the most immoral acts we have lived as Humanity, and perhaps in the future we can remedy.