Michael Sandel

Friday, July 24, 2020
10:45am EDT

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"Digital Responsibility in the Tech World"

Harvard political philosopher and bestselling author Michael Sandel returns to the Chautauqua Amphitheater to close Week Six’s exploration of “The Ethics of Tech” with a Socratic discussion on what audiences have learned throughout the week, drawing on his Harvard course “Tech Ethics: AI, Biotech, and the Future of Human Nature.” That course, co-taught with Douglas Melton, explores the moral, social, and political implications of new technologies and asks how science and technology are transforming the way we work, learn, make friends, raise children, care for our health, conduct our politics, and understand what it means to be human.

One of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers, Sandel has been described as “the most relevant living philosopher,” “a rock-star moralist”, and “the most famous teacher of philosophy in the world.” His writings — on justice, democracy, morals, and markets — have been translated into 27 languages. Sandel’s legendary course "Justice" has enrolled over 15,000 students and was the first Harvard course to be made freely available online and on public television. Sandel is the author of numerous books, three of which — Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?, What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, and The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering — have been Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selections throughout the years. For his strong work “on the normative foundations of liberal democracy as well as the defense of civic virtues,” Sandel won the Princess of Asturias Award in Social Sciences from Spain, in 2018.

Sandel graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brandeis University with a bachelor's degree in politics, and received his doctorate from Balliol College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar.