VIRTUAL - Michael J. Sandel - THE TYRANNY OF MERIT

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 7:00pm
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Michael J. Sandel will be in conversation with Nick Lemann.


THE WORLD-RENOWNED PHILOSOPHER AND AUTHOR OF THE BESTSELLING JUSTICE EXPLORES THE CENTRAL QUESTIONS OF OUR TIME: WHAT HAS BECOME OF THE COMMON GOOD?

These are dangerous times for democracy. We live in an age of winners and losers, where the odds are stacked in favor of the already fortunate. Stalled social mobility and entrenched inequality give the lie to the American credo that “you can make it if you try.” The consequence is a brew of anger and frustration that has fueled populist protest and extreme polarization, and led to deep distrust of both government and our fellow citizens—leaving us morally unprepared to face the profound challenges of our time.

World-renowned philosopher Michael J. Sandel argues that to overcome the crises that are upending our world, we must rethink the attitudes toward success and failure that have accompanied globalization and rising inequality. Sandel shows the hubris a meritocracy generates among the winners and the harsh judgement it imposes on those left behind, and traces the dire consequences across a wide swath of American life. He offers an alternative way of thinking about success—more attentive to the role of luck in human affairs, more conducive to an ethic of humility and solidarity, and more affirming of the dignity of work. THE TYRANNY OF MERIT points us toward a hopeful vision of a new politics of the common good.


MICHAEL J. SANDEL teaches political philosophy at Harvard University. His books WHAT MONEY CAN'T BUY: THE MORAL LIMITS OF MARKETS and JUSTICE: WHAT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO? were international bestsellers and have been translated into 27 languages. Sandel’s legendary course “Justice” was the first Harvard course to be made freely available online and has been viewed by tens of millions. His BBC series “The Public Philosopher” explores the philosophical ideas lying behind the headlines with participants from around the world. 

Nicholas Lemann is Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor and dean emeritus at Columbia Journalism School and a staff writer for The New Yorker. His previous books include The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy and The Promised Land: The Great Migration and How It Changed America.

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ISBN: 9780374289980
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 15th, 2020