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Prof. Michael Sandel

Self Description

October 2009: "Michael Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard, where he has taught political philosophy since 1980. His books include Democracy’s Discontent, Public Philosophy: Essays on Morality in Politics, The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering, and, most recently, Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? His writings have been translated into eleven foreign languages and have appeared in The Atlantic, The New Republic, and the New York Times.

Sandel has lectured widely in North America, Europe, China, Japan, Korea, India, Australia, and New Zealand, on topics including democracy, liberalism, bioethics, globalization, and justice. He delivered the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Oxford University, was a visiting professor at the Sorbonne, and in 2009 delivered the BBC’s Reith Lectures. From 2002-2005, Sandel served on the President’s Council on Bioethics. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Sandel received his doctorate from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar."

Third-Party Descriptions

June 2011: 'Even before Lee’s fair-society address in August, South Koreans had shown a growing keenness for social equality. “Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?,” a dense political philosophy book by Harvard professor Michael Sandel, sold several hundred thousand copies in South Korea. (Lee himself downloaded the e-book.)'
February 2000: Political theorist.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Member of (past or present) American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AMACAD) Organization Oct 5, 2009
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Harvard University Organization Oct 5, 2009
Student/Trainee (past or present) Oxford University/University of Oxford Organization Oct 5, 2009
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) President's Council on Bioethics Organization Oct 5, 2009

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
Jun 28, 2011 In South Korea, fairness is the new ideal

QUOTE: Experts say the fairness fixation reflects dismay at what rapid change has wrought: a widening gap between the rich and the poor, and residual corruption. For President Lee Myung-bak, this is more than a passing problem, because middle-class economic concerns and a string of frauds and scandals have convinced South Koreans that theirs is anything but the “fair society” that he has touted.

Washington Post
Apr 08, 2007 Embryo ethics: As the debate over stem cell research resumes in Washington this week, the moral principle on which the White House bases its position remains largely unexamined

QUOTE: It is surprising that, despite the extensive public debate...relatively little attention has been paid to the moral issue at the heart of the controversy: Are the opponents of stem cell research correct in their claim that the unimplanted human embryo is already a human being, morally equivalent to a person?

Boston Globe
Feb 04, 2000 Corporations On Steroids

QUOTE: But what happens to democracies when companies grow to size extra-extra-large, in order to compete globally, but democratic regulatory institutions -- like the antitrust division of the Justice Department -- remain a size small?

New York Times