Reviews

  • One of the world's most interesting political philosophers

    Guardian
  • Justice is a lucid and compelling analysis of our current moral dilemmas, which argues for a new commitment to citizenship and the common good

    Shirley Williams
  • In the beautifully concise explanations of American philosopher Michael Sandel, I see great insight into our current predicaments. If any political reckoning is on its way . . . then perhaps it might come from the philosophy department of Harvard

    Madeleine Bunting
  • Michael Sandel, perhaps the most prominent college professor in America,...practices the best kind of academic populism, managing to simplify John Stuart Mill and John Rawls without being simplistic. But Sandel is best at what he calls bringing 'moral clarity to the alternatives we confront as democratic citizens'.... He ends up clarifying a basic political divide - not between left and right, but between those who recognize nothing greater than individual rights and choices, and those who affirm a 'politics of the common good,' rooted in moral beliefs that can't be ignored

    Michael Gerson, Washington Post
  • Michael Sandel transforms moral philosophy by putting it at the heart of civic debate....Sandel's insistence on the inescapably ethical character of political debate is enormously refreshing

    Edward Skidelsky, New Statesman
  • A spellbinding philosopher.... For Michael Sandel, justice is not a spectator sport.... He is calling for nothing less than a reinvigoration of citizenship

    Samuel Moyn, The Nation
  • An ambitious and an appealing idea. Intriguingly, I find myself persuaded that it might well be worth a try

    Lisa Jardine, The Times
  • More than exhilarating; exciting in its ability to persuade this student/reader, time and again, that the principle now being invoked-on this page, in this chapter-is the one to deliver the sufficiently inclusive guide to the making of a decent life

    Vivien Gornick, Boston Review
  • Sandel explains theories of justice...with clarity and immediacy; the ideas of Aristotle, Jeremy Bentham, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, Robert Nozick and John Rawls have rarely, if ever, been set out as accessibly... In terms we can all understand, Justice confronts us with the concepts that lurk, so often unacknowledged, beneath our conflicts

    Jonathan Rauch, New York Times
  • This book is absolutely indispensable for anyone who wants to be a good citizen. It shows how to balance competing values, a talent our nation desperately needs nowadays

    Walter Isaacson, author of 'Benjamin Franklin: An American Life'

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