Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?
Author: Michael J Sandel
Justice is a detailed piece of work on political philosophy that was originally created to accompany the author's famous course. The course was also called Justice and he conducted it at Harvard University. The book has been written to address a long list of alternative theories on the topic of justice. It is a book for various readers of all ages, focusing on moral reflection. Its purpose is to throw light on various subjects that pertain to justice, from various points of view.
Is lying wrong in every situation, or are there exceptions? Should personal freedom have its limits? Could it ever be justified if you have to kill someone? Could the free market be considered as a fair one? What would be the best thing for anyone to do? Questions such as these have plagued human minds over the years. The book aims to answer these questions, using philosophy and politics. He introduces his readers to a long list of controversial topics such as euthanasia, democracy, equal rights, abortions and more similar issues.
Jeremy Bentham's utilitarianism, John Stuart Mill's refinement, Immanual Kant's Categorical Imperative, Aristotle's concept of ‘telos', John Rawl's works and several other conflicting theories have been explained by the author. He aims to give his readers a clear understanding of topics pertaining to politics and philosophy.
Justice: What's The Right Thing To Do? was published by Penguin, in the year 2010 and is available in paperback.
- The book speaks extensively on a variety of philosophical and political theories, attempting to give its readers an insight into these topics.
- It addresses a variety of modern and controversial issues that most people might struggle to form an opinion about.