The Public Philosopher

The Public Philosopher

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Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel examines the thinking behind a current controversy.


Will AI make thinking obsolete?
Aug 26, 2019 • 41 min
Would you choose an algorithm rather than a human to mark your exam papers? Would you welcome a translation app that replaced foreign language learning? Would you trust a marriage prediction app to choose your life partner? Professor Michael Sandel of…
Public Philosopher - Citizens of Nowhere?
Oct 29, 2018 • 41 min
Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel comes to St Paul’s Cathedral to take on some of the hardest questions raised by the public discontent that characterises much of global politics today. With the help of a live audience, he asks whether globalisation and…
Global Philosopher: Should there be any limits to free speech?
Feb 6, 2018 • 41 min
Sixty people from around the world join Professor Michael Sandel in a digital studio at Harvard to discuss free speech. Free speech is a cornerstone of democracy and freedom of expression is regarded as a fundamental human right. But even in democracies…
Would life be better if robots did all the work?
Mar 8, 2017 • 41 min
Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel asks if life would be better if robots did all the work. Professor Sandel skilfully and entertainingly uses live audiences to help address important ethical and philosophical questions. He has travelled across the world…
The Global Philosopher: Should the Rich World Pay for Climate Change?
Jul 28, 2016 • 41 min
Sixty people from thirty countries join Michael Sandel in a digital studio at Harvard to discuss the philosophical issues underlying the world’s response to climate change. The developed world has caused climate change, belting out greenhouse gases as it…
The Global Philosopher: Should Borders Matter?
Mar 29, 2016 • 41 min
Michael Sandel explores the philosophical justifications made for national borders. Using a pioneering state-of-the-art studio at the Harvard Business School, Professor Sandel is joined by 60 participants from over 30 countries in a truly global digital…
Why Democracy?
Jan 20, 2015 • 52 min
Harvard professor Michael Sandel is Radio 4’s ‘Public Philosopher’, guiding audiences through complex moral philosophical dilemmas. For the BBC’s Democracy Day, Professor Sandel recorded this special edition of The Public Philosopher inside the Palace of…
National Guilt
May 27, 2014 • 41 min
Imagine a country guilty of past crimes. What obligations do its current citizens have to make amends? In this edition of The Public Philosopher, Michael Sandel poses that question to an audience in Japan. The discussion involves students from Japan and…
Why Vote?
May 20, 2014 • 41 min
Should it be compulsory to vote? Should we fine people who don’t vote? Should we pay people to vote? This is the week that the UK goes to the polls - amid ongoing concerns about the level of democratic participation. In this edition of The Public…
Morality and the State
May 13, 2014 • 41 min
Should governments try to influence private morality? Michael Sandel, The Public Philosopher, is back with a new series. In this first programme he is at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands, one of the world’s most permissive countries. It has…
Is rape worse than other violent crime?
Mar 26, 2013 • 38 min
Is rape a worse crime than other forms of violent assault? Should verbal sexual harassment be banned? These are two questions put by Harvard’s Michael Sandel - BBC Radio 4’s ‘Public Philosopher’ - who takes the programme to an audience at the Jaipur…
Welfare
Oct 30, 2012 • 42 min
The eminent American political philosopher Michael Sandel is Radio 4’s “Public Philosopher.” Now, as America prepares for its Presidential elections, he is going on the road in America with a unique mission to challenge ordinary voters and lay bare the…
Immigration
Oct 23, 2012 • 41 min
The eminent Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel is Radio 4’s “Public Philosopher.” Now, as America prepares for its Presidential elections, he and Radio 4 are going on the road in America with a unique mission to lay bare the deeper moral…
Should we bribe people to be healthy?
Apr 17, 2012 • 41 min
The eminent Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel brings his trademark style to a discussion on a current issue, questioning the thinking underlying a current controversy This week, he takes a provocative look at the controversial subject of…
Should a banker be paid more than a nurse?
Apr 10, 2012 • 41 min
The eminent Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel brings his trademark style to a discussion on a topical issue, questioning the thinking underlying a current controversy. This week, he digs deep into the morality of high pay and bankers’ bonuses.…
Should universities give preference to applicants from poor backgrounds?
Apr 3, 2012 • 41 min
“We’re going to engage in an experiment ….an experiment in public philosophy. We sometimes think that philosophy is remote, abstract and distant from the world we actually inhabit. I think otherwise”. So says the eminent Harvard political philosopher…