Philosophy Still Matters

Har­vard phi­los­o­phy pro­fes­sor Michael Sandel appeared on the Today Show this morn­ing, and got four min­utes to make the case for phi­los­o­phy. If you’re not famil­iar with him, Sandel is a very pop­u­lar Har­vard pro­fes­sor. Some 15,000 stu­dents have tak­en his cours­es over 30 years, and to get a feel for his teach­ing, you can watch his 30-minute lec­ture online. It’s called Jus­tice: A Jour­ney into Moral Rea­son­ing, and it’s one of the very few open lec­tures that Har­vard has put online. (A dis­ap­point­ment, I must say.) The lec­ture also oth­er­wise appears in our col­lec­tion of Free Uni­ver­si­ty Cours­es. Final­ly, I’d also encour­age you to lis­ten to the series of lec­tures that Sandel pre­sent­ed through the BBC. We fea­tured them here before, and we’re glad that Tamas, one of our read­ers, has remind­ed us of them.

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  • b0rk says:


    it’s sad that NBC thinks that a decent dis­cus­sion of the trol­ley prob­lem, R. v. Dud­ley and Stephens, and Aris­totle’s Pol­i­tics can be crammed into a banter‑y four min­utes.

  • Thanks for this post.
    I am amazed that he could be rel­e­vant even in such a con­trived sit­u­a­tion.
    His BBC Rei­th lec­tures on Cit­i­zen­ship this year were enlight­en­ing, fas­ci­nat­ing, and thought-pro­vok­ing. I went onturn­ing his ideas and argu­ments around in my mind for days.
    An abso­lutre delight:

  • Very inspir­ing pro­fes­sor! This is what I believe: From the depths of your being to the out­most periph­ery, you rec­ol­lect and con­struct forms that you believe, will fit the con­tents of your world intu­itive­ly yet pre­cise­ly, until you real­ize your dream, or you real­ize your mis­take. (Mot­to of my site.)

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