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Michael J. Sandel

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Michael J. Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University and the author of the New York Times bestseller Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? His work has been the subject of television series on PBS and the BBC.

Tekijän teokset

Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? (2009) — Tekijä — 2,078 kappaletta
What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets (2012) — Tekijä — 1,120 kappaletta
The Tyranny of Merit: What's Become of the Common Good? (2019) — Tekijä — 606 kappaletta
Liberalism and Its Critics (1984) — Toimittaja — 120 kappaletta
Justice: A Reader (2007) 119 kappaletta
Democracy's Discontent Part I (2010) 2 kappaletta
Ethical Implications of Human Cloning — Toimittaja — 1 kappale

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Escandaloso o que o autor começa por explicar, no acesso às prestigiadas universidades dos Estados Unidos. Quem tem muito dinheiro, simplesmente paga! Há 3 formas de o fazer, pela porta da frente (donativos) pela porta do lado (pagando a clubes, treinadores, referências que vão ajudar na avaliação do aluno) ou pela porta de trás, completamente criminoso, pagando muito a intermediários que corrompem funcionários, professores, treinadores, o que for.

Os pobres, se forem mesmo brilhantes e conseguirem resultados fabulosos nos exames, podem entrar, os outros ficam de fora. A estatística é arrasadora: Os filhos dos ricos entram todos em Stanford, Harvard, California, etc etc...

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jpedro_1966 | 17 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 23, 2024 |
I not only recommend this as a book to be read, I recommend it as a book to be read twice.

And while I do not see it as entirely unblemished, its attempt to place serious moral and ethical issues in front of us is not only laudable, it is critical to us addressing transnational challenges such as climate change, immigration, and the concentration of wealth.

I was drawn to read this book from the many accolades Michael Sandel generates from the admirers of his very popular course at Harvard University on morality and good government.

But this book, “Justice: What’s the right thing to do?” is not about justice, per se. It is an intellectual exercise in constructing what a fair society would look like were we in a position to build one.

More particularly, the book is a prescription about how the United States of America would operate if it were a fair society.

If I were writing a book about justice, about where to get it and how recognize it, I would probably write a book about the courts, who run them, and which courts you are likely to get better justice than some others.

I don’t think anybody expects to see justice meted out at the corner gas station, or in the playground or, God forbid, on Capitol Hill. But that is exactly what the sound bites on the 6pm news would like us to believe: that somebody really high up is gonna get justice for the ordinary man.

While this book is a few years old its lessons for legislators are clear: good laws and good government does not come from pandering to people who have accumulated wealth by virtue of birth, or merit, or even of citizenship. No.

Good government comes from promoting the common good, by building a sense of community, by using markets to promote economic activity not as an excuse to underinvest in social good, and reversing the trend toward the concentration of wealth.

(I think a young Barack Obama must have sat in on Sandel’s lectures.)

Sandel sees the objects of government in the US as promoting to some degree the welfare of its citizens, but protecting freedoms guaranteed by the founders, and by promoting the good in people and society.

He takes issue with the current Republican consensus that government by definition is bad and big government to be avoided at all costs. And while there is no real social contract in the conduct of government in the US, it is understood that government rule with the consent of the ruled.

America took a huge gamble electing Donald Trump as its semi-sovereign leader for a four year term as President. Trump mocked those who trusted government, he mocked its governors, and he spit on its institutions going right up to the transfer of power to his successor.

Trump exploited people’s rather fuzzy idea of what government does, and certainly what America’s federal government does. According to Trump, only chumps follow the law.

This book is written during the Obama years, not the Trump years. I loook forward to reading Sandel’s interpretation of the Trump years in the cause of good government.

Sandel quite rightly asserts that that an unbiased application of the laws is not only impossible but wholly undesireable, and he relies to some extent on what Aristotle believed was the duty of government: to promote public virtue even when the understanding of what constitutes the good and the right in America is hugely debatable.

But that doesn’t mean debating these values is wholly useless in public life.

For many years I have questioned the efficacy of putting the rights of individuals into laws without an equal and corresponding list of civic duties in those documents. In my opinion, public life is stained by the trumpeting of rights without obligations. Obligations of the rich and the poor, the educated, the advantaged and the disadvantaged to make government more fair, more relevant, and with much less inertia built into the system.

Nobody knows exactly how many Federal laws are on the books in the United States. In Canada, my understanding is that there are more 65,000 federal laws alone even before an elected official gets to make one more.

When people ask why is it so hard to get the laws WE want, they certainly must understand the battle that exists between the laws that are already there, and the good those laws are trying to promote.
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MylesKesten | 36 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 23, 2024 |
The author is Professor of Government at Harvard University and the book jacket says his course, "Justice", "is one of the most popular and influential at Harvard. Up to a thousand students pack the campus theater to hear Sandel relate the big questions of political philosophy to the most vexing issues of the day, and this fall, public television will air a series based on the course." I read this book faster than I should have because I needed to return it to the library but it's the kind of book I'd like to keep and read slowly so I have time to think about the questions the author raises. Sandel uses philosophy to "...make sense of politics, morality, and our own convictions as well." Among others, some the the conflicts he discusses in the book are affirmative action, physician-assisted suicide, national service, and patriotism. This is the kind of book that can start some interesting discussion. I'm looking forward to the PBS series.… (lisätietoja)
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ellink | 36 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 22, 2024 |
Een van de belangrijkste filosofen van onze tijd onthult de kritieke pijnpunten van onze samenleving. Een prikkelende gids voor ieder die verlangt naar een rechtvaardige en veerkrachtige democratie.

Het onbehagen in de democratie is een compleet herziene editie van het invloedrijke boek van Michael J. Sandel. Hij constateerde in de jaren 90 al een diepe ontevredenheid in het democratisch bestel en de ongelijkheid tussen rijk en arm.

Een kwart eeuw later heeft Sandel zijn visionaire werk geactualiseerd. Hij laat zien hoe de geglobaliseerde economie een samenleving van winnaars en verliezers creëerde, die de voedingsbodem bleek van de giftige politiek van onze tijd.

Over De tirannie van verdienste:

'De problemen die filosoof Michael J. Sandel aansnijdt in zijn boek zijn complex, maar de boodschap is helder: de elite moet ophouden zich verheven te voelen boven de rest. Want succes is niet altijd een kwestie van verdienste.' - De Volkskrant

'Zonder op zijn hurken te gaan zitten, analyseert Sandel haarscherp de enorme kloven in westerse samenlevingen.' - Trouw (vijf sterren)
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aitastaes | Jan 18, 2024 |



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