Michael Sandel

Michael Sandel teaches political philosophy at Harvard University. Known to BBC listeners as ‘The Public Philosopher’, Sandel's books include Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? and What Money Can't Buy, which have been translated into twenty-eight languages and sold over two million copies worldwide. He has been a visiting professor at the Sorbonne; delivered the BBC Reith Lectures, and his speaking tours have spanned five continents.

The Tyranny of Merit arrives at a hinge point in social and political history. As the pandemic exposes entrenched inequality and the true value of essential work, Michael challenges corrosive attitudes to success and failure and makes the case for an ethic of humility. Above all, he asks how we value our fellow human beings, so that no one is left behind.


The Tyranny of Merit: What’s become of the common good? | Michael Sandel | 5x15

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Michael Sandel and Polly Toynbee

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Michael Sandel & Polly Toynbee

Hear one of the world's most popular philosophers Michael Sandel live at 5x15 online in conversation with journalist & writer Polly Toynbee.