Justice: What’s the right thing to do?
“Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?” is the title of Michael Sandel’s best-selling book. It relates the big questions of political philosophy to the most vexing issues of our time. In his course dealing with “the moral side of murder,” the Harvard University professor asks very intriguing questions, such as what you would do if you had to choose between killing one person to save the lives of five others and doing nothing even though you knew that five people would die right before your eyes. As students decide and defend their conflicting choices, it becomes clear that the assumptions behind our moral reasoning are often contradictory, and the question of what is right or wrong is not always black and white.