Journals Higher Education



Published: 27 September 2007

432 Pages


ISBN: 9780195335125

Bookseller Code (AE)


A Reader

Edited by Michael J. Sandel

  • High-profile, widely respected editor: Michael Sandel, a regular contributor to The New Republic, is one of the country's foremost contemporary political philosophers and he has served on the President's Council on Bioethics.
  • Large audience: the reader is based on Sandel's 25 years of teaching the perennially popular Harvard course. Typically over 1,000 students are enrolled every fall semester. This anthology will, however, appeal far beyond the halls of Harvard, extending to the many-and there are many-instructors eager to emulate the famed course and Sandel's widely admired approach to the often contentious issues of moral reasoning.
  • Contains major classical writings alongside major contemporary essays: core philosophical texts by Aristotle, Locke, Kant, and Mill are featured as well as contemporary essays by John Rawls, Sandel, and Robert Nozick. All the essays are put in context with helpful, accessible headnotes by Sandel.
  • Interdisciplinary appeal: will appeal to courses in political science, philosophy, and the law, as it discusses relevant ethical issues to each area, like affirmative action, gay marriage, disability, and bioethics.

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