Monday, September 20, 2010

Moral Reasoning with Harvard University's Michael J Sandel

 Justice: What's The Right Thing To Do?
a viewing and discussion series
Wednesdays at 2 pm in the Main Library Auditorium
Charleston County Public Library
Main Branch, 68 Calhoun Street
Auditorium, 2nd floor

How many times have you been involved in some matter causing you to ask yourself: "What is the right thing to do?" What makes an action right or wrong? When we say that something is the right thing to do, are we talking about something beyond our own beliefs? What is that something?

For more than thirty years, Harvard undergraduates have been required to take a course in moral reasoning, one that shows how it might be possible to argue convincingly about right and wrong. The most famous of these courses is Michael Sandel's "Justice", which often enrolls more than a thousand students per semester. Now this wildly popular course has been recorded on DVD. In this series, we will watch and discuss six episodes drawn from Sandel's class, covering both philosophical theories of right and wrong and their application to contemporary ethical issues like affirmative action and same-sex marriage.

Your opinion counts. Come and discuss it with scholar and moderator Larry Krasnoff, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy at the College of Charleston

September 22
"Putting a Price on Life and How to Measure Pleasure"

October 6
"Free to Choose and Who Owns Me?"

October 13
"Hired Guns? and For Sale: Motherhood"

October 27
"What's a Fair Start and What Do We Deserve?"

November 3
"Arguing Affirmative Action and What's The Purpose?"

November 10
"Debating Same-Sex Marriage and The Good Life"

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