Past Meetup

Non-fiction bookclub section of Ben Franklin Thinking Society

This Meetup is past

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Price: $2.00 /per person
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The next tile is JUSTICE: WHAT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO? by Michael J. Sandel which will be discussed Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the Capriccio Cafe.

This review is quoted verbatim from's site review of the title.

"For Michael Sandel, justice is not a spectator sport,” The Nation’s reviewer of Justice remarked. In his acclaimed book—based on his legendary Harvard course—Sandel offers a rare education in thinking through the complicated issues and controversies we face in public life today. It has emerged as a most lucid and engaging guide for those who yearn for a more robust and thoughtful public discourse. “In terms we can all understand,” wrote Jonathan Rauch in The New York Times, Justice “confronts us with the concepts that lurk . . . beneath our conflicts.”

Affirmative action, same-sex marriage, physician-assisted suicide, abortion, national service, the moral limits of markets—Sandel relates the big questions of political philosophy to the most vexing issues of the day, and shows how a surer grasp of philosophy can help us make sense of politics, morality, and our own convictions as well.

Justice is lively, thought-provoking, and wise—an essential.

Please note that we welcome all, whether or not you have read the selected title. Reading the book is good, an RSVP to attend is better, showing up is best. I look forward to seeing you there.

Three other titles were nominated; they are:

1. 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles E. Mann

2. The Nine by Jeffrey Toobin

3. The RIghteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt