What Money Can't Buy

Michael Sandel

Michael Sandel has been described as “the most relevant living philosopher.” His writings — on justice, ethics, democracy, and markets – have been translated into 27 languages and his legendary course “Justice” is the first Harvard course to be made freely available online and on television. It is Professor Sandel's contribution to the thinking on moral and civic renewal for the Common Good that interests us here. Below the picture you will find a handful of lectures to explore.

In Conversation with Michael Sandel: capitalism, democracy, and the public good - link to audio of a lecture given at the London School of Economics on 2 March 2017, in which Sandel speaks about the momentous phenomena of Brexit and Trump, and argues that it was the 'meritocratic hubris' of liberals that led to the rise in populism.

An insight, an idea - Michael Sandel on encounter and the politics of the common good at the World Economic Forum, Davos, 18 January 2017.

What Money Can't Buy: the Moral Limits of Markets - link to video of a lecture given on 23 May 2012 at St Paul's Cathedral, London, in which Sandel argues that the crisis in our democracies derives from the market economy's influence going beyond its proper limits to create a 'market society'.

Government and the Common Good - link to video of a lecture given in August 2011 at Chautauqua in New York in which Sandel focuses on inequality and the damage this does to the civic infrastructure required for a common life. 

Sandel used the Reith Lectures in 2009 to make the case for moral and civic renewal for the Common Good - click on the links for audio and transcripts:

  1. Markets and Morals - the expansion and moral limits of markets.
  2. Morality in Politics - what role, if any, there is for moral argument in politics.
  3. Genetics and Morality - how we should use our ever-increasing scientific knowledge.
  4. A New Politics of the Common Good - the case for a moral and civic renewal in democratic politics.

Link to Michael Sandel's page at Harvard. 

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