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Justice

What's the Right Thing to Do?

By Michael J. Sandel

Justice
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  • Hardcover: Sep 2009,
    320 pages.
    Paperback: Aug 2010,
    320 pages.

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From one of Harvard's most popular professors, an examination of the big questions of political philosophy to the most vexing issues of the day

The seas of American politics have been rocky over the past few years. A tidal wave of hopeful enthusiasm carried Barack Obama to the White House, but in its wake his administration has been beset by seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Is there something wrong with our government, or is politics simply a messy business? As Michael Sandel demonstrates in his enjoyable and thought-provoking Justice, puzzling out the problems of democracy may not require an examination of politics as usual, but rather an investigation of our own notions of right and wrong.

The exciting insight here is that the battles that rage in the halls of congress are intimately linked to those we each fight within our own conscience, and part of the reason it's so hard to come to agreement on the basic questions facing society is that many of them depend ...

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