About the author:
Michael Sandel is a professor of Philosophy in Harvard University and is one of the well-known political philosophers of our time. He follows the theory of communitarianism and is recognized for his critique of John Rawl’s A Theory of Justice.
One of his most acclaimed works, however, is his focus on practical morality and politics. By discussing sensitive subjects, he was able to bring forth the idea that morality is real – even in politics.
Many believe that morality in politics is dead – or perhaps it never even existed. The question of being moral in the realm of politics just seems hard to imagine nor achieve. As it was mentioned in Machiavelli’s The Prince, a leader should be able to make the best decisions, which are not necessarily moral, for himself and his people. But, Michael Sandel urges his readers to rethink the reality of the concept of morality in politics in his book “Justice: What’s the Right Thing To Do?” In his book, he explores the meaning of justice and discussed controversies that have never really been talked about as often in the political realm. Such topics include same-sex marriages, abortion, physician-assisted suicides, and other controversial issues.
Michael Sandel’s book has been praised by many readers as it has served as an eye-opening discussion of subject matters that we do not usually freely talk about in the realm of politics. Furthermore, Sandel was able to discuss practical morality in terms that beginners in the area can easily absorb and understand. In fact, the book is referred to by many as one of the best books written on practical morality. It may not look as astonishing nor satisfying for elite moral philosophers, but it definitely reached the ordinary people, which is important when writing about such a subject.
“Justice: What’s The Right Thing To Do?” is indeed one of the books that students and professionals alike should take into consideration in their study of politics. It teaches a very important lesson on the reality of moral principles in a time dominated by a kind of thinking wherein moral statements are rendered meaningless and where moral behaviors are considered irrational.