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Philosophy Professor Michael Sandel uses the Socratic Method and Direct Instruction. He explores moral topics by asking students questions, drilling down and introducing additional information along the way. Students gave genuine, thoughtful responses. To capture this entire teaching unit on camera, using many cameras for multiple angles, was brilliant. Of course, one must adjust their expectations of student engagement by the presence of the cameras.
The teaching methods used are probably not ideal for many subjects, but for philosophy they were dynamic in the extreme. Surely Sandel has set the bar high for philosophy professors. This can only be good.
The moral questions he poses are not so simple and easy as one might expect. One tends to change their mind as Sandel brings in more facts. All the questions posed and respective responses elicited are traced to philosophical schools of thought and directly to famous dead philosophers most of us would recognize. In this way, the history of philosophical thought is brought to life. This is a fun way to learn and this DVD set may be watched again and again.
We learn how much we share values and moral principles with the body of philosophical knowledge accumulated throughout human history. Sandel points out the origin of philosophical thought processes along this lecture journey.Read more ›
The content is excellent. Sandel presents material (with some of which I suspect he does not agree), and does so with fairness and clarity, presenting the argument with as little distortion as possible. He attempts to make clear the positions of these great thinkers in such a way that if the person were in the room with him, they would feel fairly represented.
What is most amazing is the mental agility he demonstrates. He will summarize the thoughts of a student, and bring clarity out of fogginess. I am amazed by how Sandel manages to lead this young students through the potentially rocky waters of heated discussion, and protect everyone's dignity.
If you are a teacher, you simply need to see this. Watching this man teach will inspire you, and help you to become better at your job.
That level of challenge in a PBS series is rare lately. In the 80s and early 90s PBS carried complex, challenging, programs that are no longer made today.
An interesting note, watching the series I was instantly aware of how the TV series LOST echoes the themes, conflicts, and historical characters discussed in Justice. I suspect that someone on the LOST writers team took this course.
I was not as impressed with the Harvard students as the first reviewer was - some were sterling - many had difficulty articulating their thoughts. I believe these were law school students.
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I enjoy the many moral arguments posed in the class. The exchange with Mr Sandel.
In our day and age when most our the youth seem to be instructed without thinking through an... Read more
It's a class-act. Forces you to think-though really challenging moral issues and always brings it up to current things going on in the news. Read morePublished 5 months ago by joanne Barber
I would like to know if it has Spanish subtitles, for a gift. I ve been watching these episodes for years, I love it and have quoted Sandel in my everyday life.Published 8 months ago by edguitar0007
Professor Sandel delivers riveting lectures on the theory and practice of ethics. He applies canonical philosophical theories from Aristotle, John Locke, Bentham, Mill, Kant, John... Read morePublished on March 7, 2013 by Sharon Gocke
Nothing better than watching SANDEL "Justice"
disapointment: I life in New Zealand and this CD is made for the American marked and dose not play on
all CD players... Read more
"Justice" by Michael Sandel is a warm intelligent overview by a dedicated, erudite, and skillful teacher with a fine sense of humor. Read morePublished on December 29, 2010 by N. Trueblood MD