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Here’s To “Justice!” Harvard Moral Philosophy Class To Appear On PBS!

Fascinating news! I just read that PBS will air a series based on an edited version of a wildly popular Harvard philosophy class on ethics and morality. The class, called “Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?” is the brainchild of Professor Michael Sandel, who has taught thousands of students over the years. Subjects like affirmative action, social justice, same-sex marriage, religion, and much, much more are frankly discussed — and the ambiguities that arise from the debates are both unnerving and wondrous. 

I’m so excited! Will you tune in? Would you like us to keep you updated on the class?
Here’s a preview: 

I haven’t figured out the PBS schedule yet (check your local listings), but each week a new episode airs on the professor’s own website, so you can watch it — and interact with other participants in a number of interesting ways — by clicking here.
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David Plettner

posted September 26, 2009 at 12:15 pm

I was excited to read the same NYT article but can’t find anything on the PBS website or TIVO…. I will definitely watch the show. Googling Michael Sandel, I realized I had heard him interviewed several times about ethics issues on various news programs. He’s everywhere! Please keep me posted.

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posted September 26, 2009 at 11:30 pm

I also couldn’t find it on PBS, but the first episode is available at

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posted September 27, 2009 at 12:07 am

I presume the individual stations will decide what to do. With the digital TV now some of them have several channels to fill and this should help. I hope they put it where and when it’s accessible.
Speaking of PBS, don’t miss the Ken Burns specials on the National Parks, starting Sunday (today, probably, when you are reading this).

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Jerry T.

posted October 14, 2009 at 8:37 am

Would be nice if he covered a subject along this thought:
“When it’s convenient.”
Meaning, people often refer to a source of authority (laws, social mores, the Bible, the Constitution, etc.) only when it suits the purpose of their argument yet at other times, sometimes more often than not, those same people live in contradiction to those very sources.

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Your Name

posted February 20, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Your site is very hard to get an entry into.

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Buckeye 1

posted August 24, 2010 at 11:34 pm

A very interesting subject. I plan on watching everyone of the shows.

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