Michael Sandel

Michael Sandel

Political Philosopher, Professor, and Author

Michael Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University. A political philosopher and author, Sandel challenges audiences to examine the ethical dilemmas we confront in politics, business, and our everyday lives. His writings — on justice, democracy, morals, and markets — have been translated into 27 languages.

Sandel is the author of two New York Times bestsellers: Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? and What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, the latter of which led to a six-part video series, hosted by the Ford Foundation, that premiered in April 2018. Sandel is also author of The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering, Democracy’s Discontent, Liberalism and the Limits of Justice, and Public Philosophy: Essays on Morality in Politics.

Sandel’s legendary Harvard course “Justice” has enrolled over 15,000 students. It was the first Harvard course to be made freely available online and on public television, and has been viewed by millions of people around the world. Sandel’s lectures have been the subject of television series on PBS and the BBC, and his ongoing BBC radio series, “The Public Philosopher,” engages audiences in debates about the big philosophical questions lying behind the headlines. He has appeared on The Colbert Report, the Today Show, and Morning Joe.

Money and Markets in a Just Society

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Political philosopher Michael Sandel will set the table for the CEP conference with an engaging and incisive look at the appropriate role of money and market-based dynamics in a just society. Sandel will explore the question, what is the role of philanthropy in a society in which too much is for sale? And what are the limits of what money can and cannot do?