About the common good
As the world confronts crises of pandemic, racial injustice, and threats to democratic norms, people everywhere are asking how we might find our way to a new politics of the common good. The world-renowned philosopher Michael Sandel asks whether these crises will deepen our polarization or lead to moral and civic renewal. Discussing his new book The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good?, Sandel will show how the divide between winners and losers has poisoned our politics and left us morally unprepared to contend with the challenges we now face.
Sandel argues that to overcome the polarized politics of our time, we must rethink the attitudes toward success and failure that have accompanied globalization and rising inequality. He highlights the hubris a meritocracy generates among the winners and the harsh judgement it imposes on those left behind. 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 more hospitable to a politics of the common good.
Michael 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? have been translated into 27 languages. Sandel’s BBC series ‘The Global Philosopher’ and VPRO series ‘What’s the Right Thing to Do?’ and ‘Change Your Mind’ explore the philosophical ideas lying behind the headlines with participants from around the world. His latest book is The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good?
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