Professor Michael J. Sandel will deliver the annual Boston University School of Law Distinguished Lecture concerning his recent book, Justice: What’s the Right Thing To Do?, followed by a symposium on the book. The symposium will feature commentators in law, philosophy, and political science along with a response by Professor Sandel. Boston University Law Review will publish the lecture, commentaries and response.
Michael J. Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he also teaches in the Law School. He is widely regarded as our nation’s leading civic republican political and constitutional theorist: his work focuses on citizenship and civic virtue, what we owe one another, and what way(s) of life a good society should promote.
He is the author of "Liberalism and the Limits of Justice" (Cambridge University Press, 1982, 2nd edition, 1998), "Democracy’s Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy" (Harvard University Press, 1996), "Public Philosophy: Essays on Morality in Politics" (Harvard University Press, 2005), and "The Case against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering" (Harvard University Press, 2007).
A public philosopher, he also has published articles in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, and The New York Times. A renowned teacher, Professor Sandel’s famous course at Harvard, Justice, regularly enrolls nearly 1000 students and is now available around the world through webstreaming, podcasting and a public television series (see http://justiceharvard.org/). In addition, he teaches “Markets, Morals, and the Law,” “Ethics and Biotechnology,” and “Globalization and Its Discontents.” From 2002 to 2005, Sandel served on the President’s Council on Bioethics, a national body appointed by the President to examine the ethical implications of new biomedical technologies.
All – including not only professors, visiting scholars, law students, graduate students, and undergraduates but also alumni and members of the general public – are welcome to attend.
There is no registration fee, but if you plan to attend, please RSVP to Andrea Larsen Rice, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have academic questions about the program, please contact Professor James Fleming, email@example.com.
For more information on Michael J. Sandel, go to http://www.justiceharvard.org/.