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on March 3, 2014
Sandel is a wonderful author, and you can tell by the way he writes that he is a wonderful teacher in the classroom.
I can recommend this book along with his previous book, "Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?"
These books offer no easy or ready-made answers. Instead, they invite us to reflect on moral and ethical dilemmas, and how we humans try to deal with them.
The bottom line is that morality, just like anything else in this universe, cannot violate the first law of thermodynamics. We live in a relatively closed system as a society and so decisions--political, moral, or economic--all require a knowledge of what we must give before we get.
In his latest book Sandel asks us to consider what we are giving up when we try to put a market price on everything in life.
Oscar Wilde once defined the cynic as a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing. I believe that Sandel is trying to warn us against becoming a completely cynical society, a society that looks at everything through the filter of an account ledger, blinding ourselves to all the other ways in which we should relate to one another in a society.
Read this book! You will be glad you did.