Prof. Michael Sandel from Harvard University offered a 12-lecture course on “Justice: A Journey in Moral Reasoning” last year. It is a truly fascinating journey offered by Prof. Sandel for anyone who cares to view. All the lectures are available on YouTube, and I cannot help but peddle them to anyone and everyone around. Prof. Sandel makes a wonderful argument for studying philosophy (for a more vigourous defense of studying philosophy, I suggest Bertand Russell’s “The Value of Philosohpy”) as a means for understanding the answers that we already know, and he goes on to warn the audience that understanding political and social philosophy is, ironically, going to make you worse citizens, not better! You couldn’t ask for a more provocative set up to the lectures!
Here is the first video of the 12 [link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBdfcR-8hEY]