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The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Michael J Sandel's, Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? as read by the author himself.
Considering the role of justice in our society and our lives, Michael Sandel reveals how an understanding of philosophy can help to make sense of politics, religion, morality - and our own convictions. Breaking down hotly contested issues - from abortion, euthanasia, and same-sex marriage to patriotism, dissent, and affirmative action - Sandel shows how the biggest questions in our civic life can be broken down and illuminated through reasoned debate.
Justice promises to take readers - of all ages and political persuasions - on an exhilarating journey to confront today's political and moral controversies in a fresh and enlightening way.
©2012 Michael J. Sandel (P)2012 Penguin Books Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"One of the world's most interesting political philosophers." ( Guardian)
"Michael Sandel, perhaps the most prominent college professor in America...practices the best kind of academic populism, managing to simplify John Stuart Mill and John Rawls without being simplistic. But Sandel is best at what he calls bringing 'moral clarity to the alternatives we confront as democratic citizens'.... He ends up clarifying a basic political divide - not between left and right, but between those who recognize nothing greater than individual rights and choices, and those who affirm a 'politics of the common good,' rooted in moral beliefs that can't be ignored." (Michael Gerson, Washington Post)
"Sandel explains theories of justice...with clarity and immediacy; the ideas of Aristotle, Jeremy Bentham, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, Robert Nozick and John Rawls have rarely, if ever, been set out as accessibly.... In terms we can all understand, Justice confronts us with the concepts that lurk, so often unacknowledged, beneath our conflicts." (Jonathan Rauch, New York Times)
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By Neil on 04-13-13

An accessible introduction to political philosophy

This is a great, accessible introduction to political philosophy. The author is a great narrator for the books and the book itself is a great way to start thinking about key questions for society and the general polity. I bought this as an accompaniment Michael Sandel's free online course about Justice, for which this book is recommended for extra reading. A great book and a great, engaging recording.

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By akindoftune on 04-26-16

an excellent thought provoking book.

I really loved this book. You don't have to agree with all the points made, you just have to think about them. Difficult concepts are explained and it gives an overview of many philosophic views and compares and contrasts these.

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By Amazon Customer on 12-02-17

Methodical, fair and illuminating

Muchael Sandel deftly explained three conceptions of justuce and made me understand them far better.

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By Dan on 08-07-16


This book examines the various ways of debating justice and ultimately concludes that of the three ways; the virtue approach to justice is the superior form and the approach most needed in our times of a politics devoid of meaning, principle and purpose.

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