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The Public Philosopher - Lecture 1
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LSE and BBC Radio 4 public event
Date: Thursday 8 March 2012
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Michael Sandel
Michael Sandel is a professor of political philosophy at Harvard and one of the
university's most popular lecturers. In a series of of public events, recorded at the
London School of Economics and Political Science, he will challenge his audience to apply critical thinking to the sort of ethical dilemmas most people rely on gut instinct to resolve.
Michael Sandel's lectures to Harvard undergraduates are so popular that students
have to be turned away. The lectures are challenging and interactive. Audience members are asked to raise their hands in response to a series of questions about their attitudes to a political issue of the day. The brave ones will volunteer to explain the thinking behind their views. So begins an hour in which political controversies are examined with regard to the underlying philosophical issues.
An antidote to the "yah-boo" debate of party politics, Sandel's lectures will be profound as well as entertaining.
The three lectures will take place on 5.45pm and 7.45pm on Thursday March 8 and at 6.30pm on Friday March 9. Each event is ticketed, so you need to submit a ticket request for each of the lectures.
Topics will be decided close to recording, but each of the three lectures will examine a different issue.
The lectures will be broadcast as The Public Philosopher on BBC Radio 4 at 9am on Tuesday 3, 10 and 17 April 2012.
Michael Sandel is Professor of Government and lecturer in political philosophy at
Harvard. As the BBC's Reith lecturer in 2009, he explored the topics of moral and
civic renewal in democratic politics; genetics and morality; the role of morality in
politics; and the moral limits of markets. In January 2011 he hosted a discussion for
BBC Four at the Royal Institution on fairness in public policy and the Big Society. His
latest book, What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, will be published in
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