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Request: Justice What's The Right Thing To Do Episode
« on: March 31, 2012, 05:47:15 PM »
I am in need of the following lectures in DVDs.
Would be most grateful if someone in the Forum
can help me put up a request in IPTorrents.

Justice Whats The Right Thing To Do Episode (3 DVD)
MPEG-4 | English | 1 280 x 720 | MP4 | 29.970 fps 2 118 kbps | AAC 238 kbps | 2.44 GB
Genre: eLearning
Justice is one of the most popular courses in Harvards history.
Now its your turn to take the same journey in moral reflection that has captivated more
than 14,000 students, as Harvard opens its classroom to the world.
In this twelve part series, Sandel challenges us with difficult moral dilemmas
and asks our opinion about the right thing to do. He then asks us to examine our answers
in the light of new scenarios. The results are often surprising, revealing that important moral
questions are never black and white.

This course also addresses the hot topics of our dayaffirmative action, same-sex marriage,
patriotism and rightsand Sandel shows us that we can revisit familiar controversies with a fresh

If you had to choose between (1) killing one person to save the lives of five others and (2) doing
nothing even though you knew that five people would die right before your eyes if you did
nothingwhat would you do? What would be the right thing to do? Thats the hypothetical scenario
Professor Michael Sandel uses to launch his course on moral reasoning.
After the majority of students votes for killing the one person in order to save the lives of five
others, Sandel presents three similar moral conundrumseach one artfully designed to make
the decision more difficult. As students stand up to defend their conflicting choices, it
becomes clear that the assumptions behind our moral reasoning are often contradictory, and
the question of what is right and what is wrong is not always black and white.

Sandel introduces the principles of utilitarian philosopher, Jeremy Bentham, with a famous
nineteenth century legal case involving a shipwrecked crew of four. After nineteen days
lost at sea, the captain decides to kill the weakest amongst them, the young cabin boy, so that
the rest can feed on his blood and body to survive. The case sets up a classroom debate about
the moral validity of utilitarianismand its doctrine that the right thing to do is whatever produces
the greatest good for the greatest number.

Justice Whats The Right Thing To Do Episode 02

Today, companies and governments often use Jeremy Benthams utilitarian logic under
the name of cost-benefit analysis. Sandel presents some contemporary cases in
which cost-benefit analysis was used to put a dollar value on human life.

The cases give rise to several objections to the utilitarian logic of seeking the
greatest good for the greatest number. Should we always give more weight to
the happiness of a majority, even if the majority is cruel or ignoble? Is it possible
to sum up and compare all values using a common measure like money?


Sandel introduces J.S. Mill, a utilitarian philosopher who attempts to defend utilitarianism
against the objections raised by critics of the doctrine. Mill argues that seeking
the greatest good for the greatest number is compatible with protecting
individual rights, and that utilitarianism can make room for a distinction
between higher and lower pleasures. Mills idea is that the higher pleasure
is always the pleasure preferred by a well-informed majority. Sandel tests
this theory by playing video clips from three very different forms of
ntertainment: Shakespeares Hamlet, the reality show Fear Factor, and
The Simpsons. Students debate which experience provides the higher
pleasure, and whether Mills defense of utilitarianism is successful.

Justice Whats The Right Thing To Do Episode 03

Sandel introduces the libertarian conception of individual rights, according
to which only a minimal state is justified. Libertarians argue that government
shouldnt have the power to enact laws that 1) protect people from
themselves, such as seat belt laws, 2) impose some peoples moral
values on society as a whole, or 3) redistribute income from the rich to the poor.
Sandel explains the libertarian notion that redistributive taxation is akin to
forced labor with references to Bill Gates and Michael Jordan.