osama bin laden

osama bin laden

Justice: At Home and Abroad

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From the 2011 Aspen Ideas Festival: Another installment of Michael Sandel’s popular interactive session on ethical dilemmas drawn from the headlines: Suppose torturing a terrorist did help the US find Osama bin Laden—would it be justified? Is it possible to have reasoned public debate across cultures? Michael J. Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he has taught political philosophy since 1980. His latest book is What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets. Sandel’s other books include Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? and Liberalism and the Limits of Justice, among others. His work has been translated into 19 foreign languages. In 2010, China Newsweek named him the most influential foreign figure of the year in China. In 2009, Sandel delivered the prestigious BBC Reith Lectures, broadcast in the United Kingdom and worldwide on the BBC World Service. In the United States, Sandel has served on the President’s Council on Bioethics and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; he is also on the Council on Foreign Relations.