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Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, Harvard University

Airbus Distinguished Visitor - Class of Spring 2018

Michael Sandel teaches political philosophy at Harvard University. His writings—on justice, ethics, democracy, and markets–have been translated into 28 languages. Sandel’s books, four of which are available in German, include What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets (Was man für Geld nicht kaufen kann); Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? (Gerechtigkeit); The Case against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering (Plädoyer gegen die Perfektion); and Public Philosophy: Essays on Morality in Politics (Moral und Politik).


Sandel’s course “Justice” is the first Harvard course to be made freely available online and on television, and has been viewed by tens of millions of people. His BBC series “The Global Philosopher” engages participants from over 30 countries in discussion of issues such as immigration, climate change, and free speech. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Sandel has been a visiting professor at the Sorbonne and delivered the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Oxford. His global lectures have taken him across five continents and packed such venues as St. Paul’s Cathedral (London), the Sydney Opera House (Australia), and an outdoor stadium in Seoul (S. Korea), where 14,000 people came to hear him speak.