A Distinguished Lecture by Professor Michael Sandel

Presented by
The Research Centre for Human Values
supported by iCare and Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities

Friday 11th March 2016, 7pm at Sir Run Run Shaw Hall, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Harvard’s most popular professor to speak on justice and the moral limits of markets.

Prof. Michael Sandel, Harvard’s most popular professor, is set to speak at the Research Centre for Human Values in Hong Kong this March. The Centre, based at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, will host the best-selling political philosopher for his first visit to Hong Kong in over a decade. The event will see the public philosopher deliver a lecture entitled ‘What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets’, based on his New York Timesbestselling book of the same name.

In the book, Sandel takes up some of the biggest ethical questions of our time: isn’t there something wrong with a world in which everything is for sale? if so, how can we prevent market values from reaching into spheres of life where they don’t belong? what are the moral limits of markets? Prof. Sandel will challenge the audience with ethical dilemmas, grounded in economics. For example: should we pay children to read books or to get good grades? should we put a price on human life to decide how much pollution to allow? is it ethical to pay people to test risky new drugs or to donate their organs?

Tickets are free and can be reserved online on a first come first served basis:
CUHK staff and students: bit.ly/SandelCUHK <SOLD OUT>
General public: bit.ly/SandelCUHKPublic <SOLD OUT>

WAITING LIST: https://cloud.itsc.cuhk.edu.hk/webform/view.php?id=1391793

About Michael Sandel

Michael Sandel teaches political philosophy at Harvard University. He has been described as “the most relevant living philosopher,” a “rock-star moralist,”(Newsweek) and “the most famous teacher of philosophy in the world.” (New Republic)

His writings have been translated into 27 languages. His legendary course ‘Justice’ is the first Harvard course to be made freely available online and on television. It has been viewed by millions of people around the world, including in China, where Sandel was named the “most influential foreign figure of the year.”(China Newsweek)

Sandel’s book Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? relates the big questions of political philosophy to the most vexing issues of our time. An international bestseller, it is one of the most widely read books of political philosophy in recent decades. Sandel’s latest book, What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, challenges us to rethink the role that money and markets should play in our lives. Reviewers have called it a “brilliant, indispensable book on the relationship between morality and economics,” and “an eloquent argument for morality in public life.”

Described by the Guardian as “the man who is currently the most effective communicator of ideas in English,” Sandel’s books and online lectures have brought him “the kind of popularity usually reserved for Hollywood movie stars and NBA players.”(China Daily) His recent lecture tours have taken him across five continents, packing such venues as St. Paul’s Cathedral (London), the Sydney Opera House (Australia), and an outdoor amphitheater in Seoul, Korea, where 14,000 people came to hear him speak.

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Professor Michael Sandel

What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets