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Moral and religious beliefs rarely surface in political debates, but Harvard professor Michael Sandel avers that they should. If you’re seeking to hone your debating skills, philosophical acumen and higher reasoning, getAbstract suggests taking a seat for this Aristotelian lecture.

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Michael Sandel is a political philosophy professor at Harvard University.

 

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Democratic debate has become a “lost art.” Underlying America’s heated, often shouted disputes about health care, income inequality, executive bonuses and Wall Street bailouts are questions about what is good or right, and what is just. The Greek philosopher Aristotle described justice as “giving people what they deserve.” But deciding “who deserves what, and why” can divide opinions. Say you are distributing flutes among a group. Who deserves the best instruments? Should you decide by lottery or on a first-come-first-served basis? Or should you give the best flutes to the finest musicians, as Aristotle believed? Some people reason that this would...


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