What's the Right Thing to Do?

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"[This] course aims to help viewers become more critically-minded thinkers about the moral decisions we all face in our everyday lives"--Container.
Harvard University professor Michael Sandel presents students with ethical dilemmas on modern day issues -- such as affirmative action and same-sex marriage -- then conducts lively, engaging, and remarkably intimate debates that challenge students moral reasoning.
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780793670949
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (approximately 720 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: What's the right thing to do?


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May 14, 2018

This course of lectures is broken down into hour long programs, consisting of two 15 to 20 minute lectures followed by a period of questions and discussion. Some of the students are odd in that they come to class wearing a Spiderman costume, for example. The course tries to be rather comprehensive, quickly summarizing (and applying to issues of today) Aristotelian, Libertarian, Contractarian, Kantian, Modern Liberal, and Communitarian philosophies. I wasn't able to access the PDF files, and the readings from the philosophers wasn't given (most would be available online). Although brief, they were concise, and used the main concepts and made explicit the key distinctive principles of the philosophy being discussed.

Jul 04, 2012

This is great to have discussions about because you really get to see how your opinion my vary from your friends. Each case is someething to truely make you think about how you view things.

Jun 29, 2011

A joint venture of WGBH Boston ( PBS ) and Harvard. This is a TV recording of professor Michael Sandel's one semester course about justice. It is one of the most popular courses offered at Harvard. Lectures, with student participation, discuss various subjects including morality, right and wrong and of course justice. There are sample and real life cases discussed to illustrate the topics covered. Very Interesting and thought provoking.

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