Justice: A Reader by Michael J. SandelJustice: A Reader by Michael J. Sandel

Justice: A Reader

EditorMichael J. Sandel

Paperback | September 19, 2007

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 205 plum® points

Ships within 1-3 weeks

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


Justice brings together in one indispensable volume essential readings on justice and moral reasoning. With readings from major thinkers from the classical era up to the present, the collection provides a thematic overview of the concept of justice. Moreover, Sandel's organization of thereadings and his own commentaries allow readers to engage with a variety of pressing contemporary issues. Looking at a host of ethical dilemmas, including affirmative action, conscription, income distribution, and gay rights, from a variety of angles--morally, legally, politically--the collectionengages with the core concerns of political philosophy: individual rights and the claims of community, equality and inequality, morality and law, and ultimately, justice. With concise section introductions that put the readings in context, this anthology is an invaluable tool for students, teachers,and anyone who wishes to engage in the great moral debates that have animated politics from classical times to our own.
Michael J. Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he has taught political philosophy since 1980. In addition to authoring numerous books, his writings also appear in general publications such as The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, and The New York Times. Sandel teaches graduate...
Title:Justice: A ReaderFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 6.81 × 9.8 × 1.18 inPublished:September 19, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195335120

ISBN - 13:9780195335125

Look for similar items by category:


Table of Contents

I. Introduction: Doing the Right ThingThe Queen v. Dudley and Stephens (1884)(The lifeboat case)II. UtilitarianismJeremy Bentham: Principles of Morals and LegistlationJohn Stuart Mill: UtilitiarianismIII. LibertarianismMilton and Rose Friedman: Free to ChooseRobert Nozick: Anarchy, State, and UtopiaFriedrich A. Hayek: The Constitution of LibertyIV. Locke: Property RightsJohn Locke: Second Treatise of GovernmentV. Markets and Morals: Surrogate Motherhood, Military ServiceGuido Calabresi and Philop Bobbit: Tragic ChoicesJames M. McPherson: Battle Cry of FreedomJames Traub: "All Go Down Together"In the Matter of Baby 'M' (1987)In the Matter of Baby 'M' (1988, N.J.Supreme Court)Elizabeth S. Anderson: "Is Women's Labor a Commodity?"VI. Kant: Freedom as AutonomyImmanuel Kant: Grounding for the Metaphysics of MoralsImmanuel Kant: "On the Supposed Right to Lie"VII. Rawls: Justice as FairnessJohn Rawls: A Theory of JusticeVIII. Distributive Justice: Equality, Entitlement, and MeritJohn Rawls: A Theory of JusticeRobert Nozick: Anarchy, State, and UtopiaIX. Affirmative Action: Reverse Discrimination?Richard Bernstein: "Racial Discrimination or Righting Past Wrongs?"Hopwood v. State of Texas (1996)Grutter v. Bollinger (2003)Ronald Dworkin: "Bakke's Case: Are Quotas Unfair?"Jefferson Morley: "Double Reverse Discrimination"Michael Brus: "Proxy War: Liberals Denounce Racial Profiling. Conservatives Denounce Affirmative Action. What's the Difference?"X. Aristotle: Justice and VirtueAristotle: The PoliticsAristotle: Nichomachean EthicsXI. Ability, Disability, and Discrimination: Cheerleaders and golf cartsSue Anne Pressley: "A Safety Blitz; Texas Cheerleader Loses Status"Michael J. Sandel: "Honor and Resentment"Bob Ryan: "Sorry, Free Rides Not Right"Tom Kite: "Keep the PGA on Foot"PGA Tour, Inc. v. Martin (2000)XII. Justice, Community, and MembershipAlasdair MacIntyre: After VirtueMichael J. Sandel: Democracy's DiscontentMichael Walzer: Spheres of JusticeXIII. Moral Argument and Liberal TolerationJohn Rawls: Moral LiberalismMichael J. Sandel: "Political Liberalism"XV. Morality and Law: Same-Sex Marriage, For and AgainstGoodridge v. Dept. of Public Health (2003)Michael Kinsey: "Abolish Marriage"John M. Finnis: "Law, Morality, and 'Sexual Orientation'"Stephen Macedo: "Homosexuality and the Conservative Mind"Robin West: "Universalism, Liberal Theory, and the Problem of Gay Marriage"

Editorial Reviews

"This outstanding collection successfully blends historical and contemporary thought, on issues of theoretical and practical importance, to illuminate the main problems of justice. It is accessible to undergraduates in philosophy, with breadth and depth enough to engage the experiencedphilosophical reader hoping to rethink some central debates."--Michele Moody-Adams, Director and Hutchinson Professor of Ethics and Public Life, Cornell University